A White House published research document indicates the Biden administration’s interest in investigating sunlight obstruction techniques to counteract global warming.
Explorations into ‘Geoengineering’ being explored
This congressionally required report, made available by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, presents the team’s exploration into “geoengineering” techniques designed to hinder sunlight and slow the progress of global warming.
As defined by the University of Oxford, “geoengineering” is “the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change.”
The Biden admin’s focus on ‘geoengineering methods’
The report, “Congressionally-Mandated Report on Solar Radiation Modification,” reveals the Biden administration’s focus on geoengineering methods such as “stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) and marine cloud brightening.”
“It also notes the ongoing research into “cirrus cloud thinning.”
The report suggests a preference for “geoengineering” over “space-based approaches.”
The document states, “The focus on atmospheric approaches also follows from their greater near-term feasibility relative to space-based approaches.”
Research document is not an actual government policy
It is important to note that this research document does not represent a current government policy.
As stated in the report, “This Research Plan focuses on improving understanding of the potential impacts of SRM, rather than on technologies needed for deployment.”
Focus of report on understanding ‘basic climate processes’
“Much of this research would contribute to our ability to understand basic climate processes and effects of human greenhouse gas emissions, as well as outcomes of SRM.”
It further emphasizes, “A program of research into the scientific and societal implications of solar radiation modification (SRM) would enable better-informed decisions about the potential risks and benefits of SRM as a component of climate policy.”
Report outlines potential future actions
The report also acknowledges the potential for future actions in this field, stating, “Such a research program would also help to prepare the United States for possible deployment of SRM by other public or private actors.”’
The document asserts, “SRM offers the possibility of cooling the planet significantly on a timescale of a few years.”
Simultaneously, the White House issued a separate statement assuring that “there are no plans underway to establish a comprehensive research program focused on solar radiation modification.”