Andrew Yang Pushes Controversial Geoengineering Policy In 2020 Campaign
Democratic 2020 Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, rarely surprises people with his unorthodox ideas. In this case, his approach to climate change management also stands in contrast to that of his Primary challengers. Yang, a venture capitalist, is pushing for a federal research program into geoengineering.
Most Democratic presidential candidates are holding strong, boisterous positions in the climate change field. Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to utilize our military funds to combat a changing climate. There is talk of banning fracking by some Democrats. Yang’s geoengineering proposal is the most controversial of them all. And that’s saying a lot, all odd policies considered.
Geoengineering is a controversial deployment of manmade technology to change weather patterns. There are numerous ways to geoengineer the atmosphere, including sucking carbon dioxide out of the air. Bill Gates is currently funding a Harvard research team to block the sun. To those who believe the earth is dying from a changing climate in short order, the sun is enemy number one.
Many believe that geoengineering is the only way to save us from absolute doom and despair. Others believe that geoengineering is happening via commercial airliners in a theory called “chemtrails.”
Once considered the most absurd green policy pitch, Yang also supports Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal.
But Yang desires more abrupt change than the already unsettling Green New Deal. And that’s saying a lot.
“To me, this is not an either/or. This is a, ‘We have to do everything we can to keep our heads above water, literally and figuratively,’” Yang told HuffPost recently. “Even as we’re trying to move toward more renewable sources of energy, we have to start facing facts.”
Yang doesn’t believe that clean energy policy is enough. He believes that geoengineering can help us catch up and level the playing field. In other words, Yang believes we are too far lost at sea when it comes to managing the climate, so he proposes more bold solutions. Of course, Yang fails to help us understand how untested manmade technological interventions in our atmosphere aren’t risky. We are simply to assume that we’ll all die like ants under the sky’s billowing microscope if we don’t.
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“Climate change is up there with automation as a society-wide threat. Parts of Florida and Virginia are already experiencing flooding and hurricanes are more powerful and frequent. This is exactly the kind of problem that the government must rise to meet. As much as we must evolve and take responsibility, the U.S. only emits 15% of the world’s greenhouse gases – this is a global problem. We should invest resources in large-scale geoengineering measures like shoring up glaciers and reducing solar exposure to counteract the effects of climate change even as we reduce our emissions. Waiting around for the oceans to rise is not the American way. If we don’t adopt and lead in geoengineering, China will wind up making decisions for us when it decides to modify the climate in about 20 years.” Yang is quoted as saying on his 2020 campaign website.
Clearly, Yang supports some form of blocking the sun. This should cause Bill Gates to add a little pep to his step this spring as he continues blocking our sun.
Yang believes that Americans are continuing to suffer from increased cases of asthma, COPD, and emphysema due to climate change. So Yang wants to “shore up glaciers” as a way to help us all.
In the above quote, Yang also mentions China as a threat to manipulate the climate. Maybe he’s suggesting China could use geoengineering as warfare? If so, he’s certainly not wrong in such thought process. Geoengineering technology might be worse than nuclear bombs. As we know now, the more nuclear bomb technology we come across, the more rogue countries such as North Korea get access to them. Imagine North Korea holding the ability to create droughts in the west.
Geoengineering is barely tested. But that aside, we have to consider the concept of man manipulating the weather as an obvious risk. The earth has survived and thrived for billions of years by its own internal mechanisms. Yet suddenly, man knows what’s best for weather events. This isn’t likely to end well for any of us if geoengineering policies become more readily accepted.
Yang believes that solar solutions are far too expensive for average Americans. He believes without geoengineering, our planet tailspins into dystopia. I suppose it isn’t a bad idea to get your SHTF plan in motion, but maybe not because of climate change. Anytime man begins manipulating things, rest assured, there will be fallout.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.