Amazon Helping Researchers Find Ways To DIM THE SUN

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Published on 2 Dec 2021, 19:00
A new report from Gizmodo has revealed that Amazon is helping climate modelers look at potential ways to dim the sun in order to fight climate change. Rather than working on emission reductions or green energy investments and innovations, we are now at the point where corporations would rather try to block the sun. This is actual super villain stuff here, as Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

A truly disturbing article came out from Gizmodo yesterday that made the rounds on social media. I'm sure we saw a lot of people joking about it. I was one of them. But here it is. Amazon is apparently working with another group called Silver Lining on several different plans to try to block out the sun in order to address the issue of climate change here on planet earth. I wish I was making that up. I mean, that's, that's literally the plot of an episode of the Simpsons. We're talking about cartoon super villain level solutions to climate change because corporations don't want to reduce their emissions. This is nutso. So anyway, here's what, and Gizmodo's article is absolutely, I'm so sorry, Gizmodo, but it's garbage because your whole article is fawning over the fact that Amazon's letting these climate modelers use their cloud computing services so they don't have to rely on supercomputers.

And even though it's less effective, kudos to Amazon for doing it. Who gives a? Like what does that have to do with anything that we're dealing with with climate change? I'm sorry, but that's a stupid thing to fawn over. Not to mention the fact that in this article, the Gizmodo writers talk about, well, yeah, I mean, it sure certainly seems bad, you know, to, to block out parts of the sun and have the sky look like there was a milky film over it all day, which is what they said would happen. But, you know, doing nothing about climate change is just as bad, they say. Who's talking about doing nothing other than the big polluters on the planet? That's the problem. We go to these extreme solutions and of course blocking out parts of the sun isn't the only solution they've come up with, but either way, why are we even hitting that point?

Why are we talking about putting a milky film over the sky, which again is how they described it in these models, a milky film to block out parts of the sun's rays, when even they admit like, yeah, this is probably going to cause some crop die offs, you know, because plants need sunlight to live. But of course we can't live on a planet if we just keep polluting it. So what choice do we have? This is insane. And of course, it's not surprising that you have somebody who himself is almost a cartoon supervillain, Jeff Bezos' Amazon, running a part of this. Working with these people to say, how can we block out the sun? You want to address the issue of climate change, the solutions are all around us and have been for quite some time. Some of them might not be where we need them to be just yet, but the solutions are there.

Electric vehicles, renewable energy, renewable energy infrastructure that gives us a way to properly store and transport this new form of electricity. Wind power, hydro power, there's all kinds of things we could be doing that we should have invested in decades ago to start making the transition back then. But we just simply didn't do it. Private companies have, sure. The US military, however, is one of the biggest polluters on the planet and we're still giving them $750 billion per year to continue their practices. We're not making the strides that we need to be making. That's true. But we could be, and we should be, and we have the resources to do it without having to block out the sun.