July 17, 2013
Geoengineering is the practice of using highly experimental techniques to modify the climate of the Earth in various ways, something which researchers like Dane Wiggington contend is highly dangerous.
This particular 21-month-long study has a final report due in the fall of 2014 and was commissioned in concert with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
The costs will be split between the,
...according to Mother Jones.
The NAS website for the project specifically states that it,
William Kearney, a spokesman for the NAS, told Mother Jones that the above phrase refers to the CIA.
However, Edward Price, a CIA spokesman, would not confirm the notoriously secretive agency’s role in the project.
Yet Price did state that,
The study will reportedly focus on techniques like solar radiation management (SRM) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) while commenting,
Interestingly, the study will only “briefly explore” what individuals like Wiggington would contend are major issues like,
Beyond the broad “national security concerns” outlined by the NAS, the real motivations of the CIA in funding such a project are unclear.
The Verge points out that the CIA has reportedly played around with the environment in the past, even allegedly sprayed a French village with LSD in the 1950s.
Mother Jones rightly notes,
Yet it’s not much of a theory to point out that the military has modified the climate in the past, as they outline in their article.
Why would one expect the CIA to have some kind of altruistic end in mind when they spend money on geoengineering research? To hold to such a contention, one would be forced to simply abandon the entire stated mission of agencies like the CIA as well as their history.