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"Geoengineers" Think They Can Save the Planet with High-Risk Projects to Manipulate the Climate

Wouldn’t it be better to change our behavior — to reduce our use of fossil fuels — before we begin fiddling with the planet’s basic life-support systems?

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Mr. George and his ocean-altering experiment provides an opportunity for public debate about an issue essentially absent during the election cycle: What are the real solutions to climate change? Wouldn’t it be better to change our behavior — to reduce our use of fossil fuels — before we begin fiddling with the planet’s basic life-support systems?

Unless we change course, we can expect to hear many more reports about sun-shielders and ocean fiddlers like Mr. George, whose iron dumping exploit did more than test a thesis about ocean fertilization: it also tested the waters for future geoengineering experiments. And judging by the muted response so far, the results of Mr. George’s test are clear: geoengineers proceed, caution be damned.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist and the author of the international and  New York Times  bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism , now out in paperback. Her earlier books include the international best-seller,  No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies  (which has just been re-published in a special  10th Anniversary Edition ); and the collection  Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate  (2002). To read all her latest writing visit  www.naomiklein.org. You can follow her on Twitter: @NaomiAKlein.

 
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