December 12, 2013
Climate change scientist David Keith joined Comedy Central’s faux conservative jester Stephen Colbert Monday to plug his new book A Case for Climate Engineering. In his interview, he explained why we should all be grateful when the government begins lovingly injecting the stratosphere with sulfuric acid.
The conversation led the show’s host to startlingly speculate: “What if the government is already doing this and not telling us about it?”
Far from proposing saving the world with fluorescent light bulbs, Keith advocates what he calls a “horrifying” activity that would have to be carried out by world governments.
“You can actually spray sulfuric acid in the stratosphere, 20 kilometers over our head and use that to stop the planet warming up..,” the environmental scientist says. “Spray pollution into the atmosphere to stop it warming.”
“It would be a totally imperfect, technical fix, it would have risks,” Keith warns, adding,“it wouldn’t get us out of the long run need to stop polluting, but it might actually save people and be useful.”
Keith explains that the process would involve modified business jets. “So let’s say you wanted to stop it warming in say 2020. You start with a fleet of just two or three kind of modified business jets… and you put say 20,000 tons of sulfuric acid into the stratosphere every year. And each year you have to put a little more. And this doesn’t in the long run mean that you can forget about cutting emissions. We will need to rein in emission.”
Keith says scientists had in the past been hesitant to promote the solution “because they’re scared that it will prevent us cutting emissions,” presumably meaning populations may rise up in opposition of additional unnecessary and likely harmful air pollution.
“Right and also that it’s sulfuric acid,” Colbert adds. “Is there any possible way this can come back to bite us in the ass? Blanketing the earth in sulfuric acid. Because I’m all for it, this is the ‘all-chocolate dinner.’ I still get to have my CO2 and I just need to spray sulfuric acid all over the earth.”
Keith explains that humans already generate about 50 million tons of sulfuric acid as pollution and that it kills 1 million people each year, something Colbert feigns difficulty determining is good or bad.
“It’s terrible,” Keith says.
“But it’ll be better if we put more in?” Colbert asks quizzically.
“We’re talking about one percent of that, a tiny fraction of that,” says Keith in the idea’s defense.
“So if it kills a million people,” Colbert says, calculating in his head, “and we are only doing one percent more, we’re just killing 10,000 more people.”
“You can do math,” Keith answers condescendingly, before realizing what he’s just admitted to.
“But that’s.. so, so.. killing people is not the objective,” corrects Keith quickly.
Although the theory behind spraying particles into the atmosphere has been known since Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, Keith claims it’s never been put into practice.
“Maybe it’s happening already,” theorizes Colbert. “You ever look at those planes up there? They have contrails behind them, maybe all those planes with the contrails maybe they’re actually spraying chemicals into the atmosphere right now and Uncle Sam isn’t telling us.”
“It seems extremely unlikely..” Keith stammers.
“..that the United States is not telling something to its citizens? That seems extremely likely to me,” Colbert declares, to an eruption of applause. “I think they might have your idea already.”
His speculation might be closer to fact than fiction. The Space Preservation Act of 2001 sought to prohibit “the basing of weapons in space by the United States, and to require the President to take action to adopt and implement a world treaty banning space-based weapons.” The bill specifically listed “chemtrails” as an “exotic weapons system.”
Watch David Knight’s analysis on the December 12 edition of the Infowars Nightly News
This article was posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm