Unmanned cloud ships designed to roam the oceans and prevent global warming (photo: The Telegraph)

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Scientists propelled by the willingness of governments to spend billions on global warming hysteria are proposing various fantastic schemes under the theme of making money while “saving the planet,” Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

Cloud ships

“Cloud ships,” a plan Corsi calls “one of the most preposterous of the schemes yet proposed,” are now being worked on by rival groups of U.S. and U.K. scientists, according to the Telegraph in London.

The idea is to use 1,900 wind-powered ships to sail the world’s oceans so they can suck up seawater and spray it out in miniscule droplets through tall funnels to create large white clouds.

The scientists predict the clouds would reflect approximately one or two percent of the sunlight that otherwise would heat up the ocean, with the result of canceling out the greenhouse effect intensified by increasing levels of carbon dioxide being observed in the atmosphere.

The unmanned ships would be directed by satellite to areas of the ocean that are deficient in cloud cover, mostly in the Pacific and far away enough from land so as not to alter rainfall patterns.

Creating an Earth shield

In a separate scheme, Red Alert has previously reported the Obama administration is seriously considering polluting the air to create an Earth shield to save the planet from the perceived threat of global warming.

John Holden, President Obama’s new science adviser, told the Associated Press that global warming is so dire that the Obama administration is discussing actively radical technologies to engineer the climate by shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays.

Holden told the Associated Press that global warming was equivalent to being “in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog.”

He discussed doomsday scenarios that would trigger the Obama administration into action, such as the complete loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic.

Referring to geo-engineering the climate, Holden told the Associated Press, “It’s got to be looked at. We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.”

The Council on Foreign Relations appears to be a major supporter of the idea. In the March/April 2009 issue of the Council on Foreign Relations magazine Foreign Affairs, a group of five authors wrote a piece titled “The Geoengineering Option: A Last Resort Against Global Warming?”

David Victor, a professor of law at Stanford and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is also holding a CFR-sponsored workshop entitled “Geo-engineering: Workshop on Unilateral Planetary Scale Geo-engineering,” in Washington, D.C., on May 5, according to the CFR website.

Victor and his co-authors describe their geo-engineering strategies as “deploying systems on a planetary scale, such as launching reflective particles into the atmosphere or positioning sunshades to cool the earth.”

The key premise of geo-engineering to combat global warming is that by increasing the reflectivity of the atmosphere, more of the sun’s rays would be reflected back to space.

“Increasing the reflectivity of the planet by one percentage point could have an effect on the climate system large enough to offset the gross increase in warming that is likely over the next century as a result of a doubling of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” Victors and his co-authors wrote.

“The scheme brings back memories of the efforts by the U.S. military dating back to the Johnson administration to explore detonating nuclear weapons to make the climate somehow more favorable,” Corsi noted. “The U.S. military was so serious about the effort that in 1976 the United Nations adopted a convention that prohibited the use of military weapons as a climate change technology.”

Victors and his co-authors appear to favor an idea that would involve injecting sulfur into the upper atmosphere to reflect sunlight, copying what is seen as the methodology by which the plumes of erupting volcanoes fill the upper atmosphere with sulfur and other fine particles.

They propose launching sulfur particles and other reflective materials into the upper stratosphere by using high-flying aircraft, naval guns or giant balloons.

The Council on Foreign Affairs article acknowledges adverse climate changes, such as inducing droughts, could be caused in turn by geo-engineering efforts to fill the stratosphere with sulfur.

Yet, Victors and his associates conclude that, “The highly uncertain but possible disastrous side effects of geo-engineering interventions are difficult to compare to the dangers of unchecked global climate change.”

But Corsi notes that not all scientists are equally enthusiastic about geo-engineering as a methodology to reverse global warming.

Research published this month in Great Britain suggested that shooting air pollution in the form of microscopic particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays back to outer space, a phenomenon known as “global dimming,” ironically could end up being harmful to plants, with the result the earth absorbs less carbon dioxide.

Plants currently absorb about 25 percent of the carbon dioxide human beings emit into the atmosphere. But with reduced sunlight, plant growth may be slowed. When plants die, the carbon stored in the plants is released back into the atmosphere.

Corsi warned that the entire discussion is premised on an assumed scientific consensus that human activity is responsible for global warming.

Yet, as WND has repeatedly reported, thousands of scientists remain skeptical that the nightmare scenarios of rising waters and dramatic climate events have any basis in fact, outside computer models generated by geo-scientists that tend to produce alarming predictions that often fail to be realized.

Cap-and-trade legislation

“Still, the Obama administration remains determined to pass cap-and-trade carbon legislation through the Senate after the August recess,” Corsi notes, “despite concerns that the scheme would amount to placing a massive indirect tax on middle-class consumers who could easily see their electric bills skyrocket in those states where coal is used heavily to generate electricity.”

Red Alert has also reported that India has rejected outright the “junk science” behind the Obama administration’s push to get a new global cap-and-trade protocol approved at the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit scheduled for December.

“If the Senate rejects cap-and-trade and India is joined by China and the developing nations in rejecting the idea of a Copenhagen protocol to reduce carbon emissions, maybe we will see

President Obama’s science team trying to sell cloud ships or particle earth shields to the American people,” Corsi wrote.

He continued, “Red Alert is doubtful that the sensible alternative of dropping carbon emission control schemes altogether will ever be embraced as long as President Obama remains in the White House determined to pursue his ideological climate control agenda – regardless of whether the science is on his side or not.”

Red Alert’s author, whose books “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command” have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.

In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.

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