Bill Gates is financially backing the development of sun-dimming technology that would potentially reflect sunlight out of Earth’s atmosphere, triggering a global cooling effect. The Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), launched by Harvard University scientists, aims to examine this solution by spraying non-toxic calcium carbonate (CaCO3) dust into the atmosphere — a sun-reflecting aerosol that may offset the effects of global warming.
Widespread research into the efficacy of solar geoengineering has been stalled for years due to controversy. Opponents believe such science comes with unpredictable risks, including extreme shifts in weather patterns not dissimilar to warming trends we are already witnessing. Environmentalists similarly fear that a dramatic shift in mitigation strategy will be treated as a green light to continue emitting greenhouse gases with little to no changes in current consumption and production patterns.
I feel like this could be added to The Simpsons montage of predicting the future. A maniacal billionaire funding a project to block out the sun
The big difference here, of course, is that Bill Gates is apparently doing this plan to throw dust into the upper atmosphere to block out the sun for altruistic purposes. He's basically going to stop global warming by spraying dust into space to block out the sun. What could go wrong!?!
Oh I don't know...about about an ice age?
We talked about these cataclysms on Dog Walk not that long ago. When you have mass ejections from Earth into the atmosphere by either asteroid impact or volcanic activity you normally get an ice age. People have been boohooing about rising sea levels and polar bears dying for years now. You know what is worse than global warming? Global cooling. By a mile. You wanna freeze to death? You want all your grape crops to be killed from frost so you can only drink extra hoppy beers and vodka? You think weed can grow under a glacier? Fuck no it can't. That's the future that Bill Gates has in mind for us.
And you know what…I don't care. Hotter, cooler, whatever. We will figure it out and adjust. I just don't want to get to a point where Mr Burns, Bill Gates, the Government, etc tell me I can't stream anymore. They came for our cars that got 5mpg. Then they set their sights on on steaks because cows fart too much. Next they're coming for our devices and data. Before you know it we will be staring at the wall eating nothing soy gruel and taking electric busses everywhere. I'd rather be dead and buried under the ocean or a glacier if that is alternative. Those guys don't give a fuck because they're flying to Mars with Bezos, Musk, and the other aliens. The rest of us schlubs will be down here dying on Earth eating egg noodles and ketchup.
This is the exact reason why Gates gets looped into all these internet conspiracies. You combine the fame, deep pockets, squirrely personality, and insane ideas like throwing dust into space to block out the sun. That is a Bond villain idea and Gates seems to be attached to nothing but ideas like that.