RT: CIA researching ways to mess with climate

Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:13AM

By Dana Liebelson and Chris Mooney, Slate

The Central Intelligence Agency is funding a scientific study that will investigate whether humans could use geoengineering to alter Earth’s environment and stop climate change. The National Academy of Sciences will run the 21-month project, which is the first NAS geoengineering study financially supported by an intelligence agency.

With the spooks’ money, scientists will study how humans might influence weather patterns, assess the potential dangers of messing with the climate, and investigate possible national security implications of geoengineering attempts.

The total cost of the project is $630,000, which NAS is splitting with the CIA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA. The NAS website says that “the US intelligence community” is funding the project, and William Kearney, a spokesman for the NAS, told Mother Jones that phrase refers to the CIA.

Edward Price, a spokesman for the CIA, refused to confirm the agency’s role in the study, but said, “It’s natural that on a subject like climate change the Agency would work with scientists to better understand the phenomenon and its implications on national security.” The CIA reportedly closed its research center on climate change and national security last year, after GOP members of Congress argued that the CIA shouldn’t be looking at climate change.

The goal of the CIA-backed NAS study is to conduct a “technical evaluation of a limited number of proposed geoengineering techniques,” according to the NAS website. Scientists will attempt to determine which geoengineering techniques are feasible and try to evaluate the impacts and risks of each (including “national security concerns”).

One proposed geoengineering method the study will look at is solar radiation management-a fancy term for pumping particles into the stratosphere to reflect incoming sunlight away from the planet. In theory, solar radiation management could lead to a global cooling trend that might reverse, or at least slow down, global warming. The study will also investigate proposals for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The National Academies has held two previous workshops on geoengineering, but neither was funded by the intelligence community, says Edward Dunlea, the study director for the latest project. The CIA would not say why it had decided to fund the project at this time, but the U.S. government’s apparent interest in altering the climate isn’t new.

The first big use of weather modification as a military tactic came during the Vietnam War, when the Air Force engaged in a cloud seeding program to try to create rainfall and turn the Ho Chi Minh Trail into muck, and thereby gain tactical advantage. Between 1962 and 1983, other would-be weather engineers tried to change the behavior of hurricanes using silver iodide.

That effort, dubbed Project Stormfury, was spearheaded by the Navy and the Commerce Department. China’s Weather Modification Office also controversially seeded clouds in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, hoping to ensure rain would fall in the Beijing suburbs instead of over the Olympic stadiums.

Although previous efforts to manipulate weather and climate have often been met with mockery, many geoengineering proposals “are fundamentally doable, relatively cheap, and do appear to be able to reduce climate risk significantly, but with risks,” explains David Keith, a Harvard researcher and top geoengineering proponent.

But if geoengineering is cheap and “fundamentally doable,” as Keith claims, that suggests foreign countries, or even wealthy individuals, could mess with the climate to advance their own ends. “This whole issue of lone actors: Do we need to be concerned about China acting unilaterally? Is that just idle chatter, or is that something the U.S. government should prepare for?” asks Ken Caldeira, a geoengineering researcher at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology and a member of the current NAS panel.

At least one individual has already tried modifying the climate. Russ George, the former head of Planktos, a company that works to develop technology to deal with global warming, seeded the Pacific Ocean off western Canada with iron to generate a plankton bloom that, in turn, was supposed to suck up carbon dioxide from the air. George’s effort was widely condemned, but at present there’s little to stop other individuals or countries from trying it or something similar. That’s part of what has the U.S. intelligence community interested.

The CIA’s decision to fund scientific work on geoengineering will no doubt excite conspiracy theorists. The last time the government tried to do cutting-edge research related to the atmosphere-with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, which aimed to protect satellites from nuclear blasts-people speculated that it might be a death ray, a mind control weapon, or, worst of all a way to control the weather.

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3 Responses to RT: CIA researching ways to mess with climate

  1. Henry Oliver says:

    This is disinfo, the CIA / MIIC Military Industrial Complex have been at it for a long time. The author(s) is covering the billboard of true conspiracies with a new poster of lies to obfuscate. Information spreads throughout the universe like the 100th monkey syndrome, eventually everyone, if not killed, becomes aware of the plot.

  2. BH says:

    I’ll 2nd Ethyl’s sentiments here. This is as ridiculous as just about any other propaganda they could put out. It’s like if the President were to announce, “We’re going to war … to rape, pillage, steal gold, and depopulate.” As if that’s not what they’ve been doing all along. They have been spraying our skies for YEARS (just ask Bill Gates – he’s hugely in favor of (and contributing to) the geoengineering agenda(s)). They’ve been using HAARP in ways that would boggle most minds … and on and on it goes. Give me a break!

    Funny, too, the article earlier about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc calling for NSA transparency. How many years have they been in bed together? Reminds me of Clinton saying, “I did not have sexual relations with that girl. Oh, wait … yeah, I did.” And the Bilderberger group gathers secretively … to play miniature golf, not plan world domination. PLEASE tell me the rest of the world isn’t still so asleep that they’re just buying this crap even now!

    MAYBE they put out BS like this to gauge how many people are aware and awake vs how many are still sleeping sheeple? Hmmm …

    Well, the up-side is, folks like us – who are NOT sheeple (and are probably scaring the hell out of the PTW right now) – can get a good laugh from BS articles like this. Then, we can take articles like this to all of those around us who think we’re just crazy conspiracy theorists, and help THEM to connect the dots a bit more easily, too. Can’t get much more obvious than this. Glad to see the fools put something like this out there to help along the awakening of the collective. The more, the merrier! ;)

    Wakey-wakey, people! ;)

    Much love! <3

    ~ bryan

    PS: Here's a financial tip (from someone who knows *nothing* about buying stocks) … Buy stock in Depends. When more and more people start to realize what's REALLY going on, what's REALLY being done to them right under their noses (and over their heads in the skies), and more and more people start to see the REAL truth (as they are right now, I believe), there will be a lot of people shitting their pants. I predict a shortage and high demand for Depends undergarments. Just kidding … point made.

  3. Ethyl says:

    WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE??? ”The CIA’s decision to fund scientific work on geoengineering will no doubt excite conspiracy theorists.”

    Oh how STUPID is that remark! The government has studied all kinds of things and is DOING all kinds of things, geoengineering as THEY like to call it, and HAVE been doing it for many years! Do they think we don’t know what chemtrails are? Do they think we can’t see the trails? Do they think we don’t recognize the clouds?

    Of course not! We’re good little conspiracy sheeple who think this is something new the big bad CIA (OH MY GOSH, like THEY have time for something like THAT) is thinking about cooking up! Let’s give those conspiracy people something to THINK about shall we, so they won’t be thinking of important things!

    And don’t you find the figure of $630,000 totally laughable? for a 21 month project doing all that they said? Sure! That amount probably wouldn’t cover their petty cash! Try 100 or 1000 TIMES that much! They’re just trying to draw us off for some reason.

    I guess we’re spose to all get scared now, because the CIA is going to try to mess with geoengineering! This is just laughable!

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