“It’s a healthy sign that a common first response to geoengineering is revulsion.”

11 Feb 2010

“It’s a healthy sign that a common first response to geoengineering is revulsion,” said physicist David Keith, in testimony to the US House of Representatives’ Science and Technology Committee. “It suggests we’ve learned something from past instances of techno-optimism and the subsequent failures,” he added.

The February 4th hearing—the committee’s second on geoengineering in the past few months—is still available as a webcast, on the committee’s website.

Read more about the challenges of geoengineering—and regulating it—in my article “Planning for Plan B” and a blog post “Testing geoengineering: a catch 22,” or any of my other posts on geoengineering.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »