Engineering the climate could cost us the earth

Dale, Gareth

Publisher:  Climate and Capitalism
Date Written:  30/08/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23051

Political scientist Gareth Dale takes a look at Geoengineering as a "political technology" and institutional apparatus that is preventing effective climate action, and actually serves to reduce the sense of urgency needed for genuine and more effective structural change.



The oil giants and tar sands tycoons are major backers, too. They have long seen carbon capture as a means of greenwashing "enhanced" oil extraction.

There is even talk of hooking geoengineering to carbon trading schemes. This was the plan of Planktos Inc., whose ocean fertilization experiments conjure up a dystopian future in which the global climate is manipulated for corporate profit.

Bombastic elitist bazooka projects backed by oligarchs and shot through with fetishistic and magical thinking - you'd think this would appeal to the Trump regime and you'd be right.

Since Trump entered the Oval Office, geoengineering boosters say the political climate for their agenda "has warmed." Former Republican House Speaker and Trump confidant Newt Gingrich has hailed geoengineering for its "promise of addressing global warming concerns for just a few billion dollars a year."
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