Deliberate attempts to modify and control the Earth's climate system.
1. Geoengineering and the left
Some on the eco-left are for it; some not. Generally seems like a bad idea to me, but some argue it is necessary to mitigate climate breakdown now that we've let it get so far.
I think Srnicek and Williams moved on quite a bit from their 2013 take. Would be interesting to see if they mentioned geoengineering in Inventing the Future.
Four years later, Jacobin published a special issue on the environment which included essays praising geoengineering and nuclear power to undergird cornucopian communism.
Holly Jean Buck, a socialist and self-described ‘geoengineer’, warns the Left that entrepreneurs who are ‘taking action, being creative, or disrupting’ are ‘the wrong focus of critique’. She speculates that one day there might be carbon-credit ‘gift cards’ and an AI-controlled SRM (a true Skynet).
I haven't read it yet, but I would guess that Fully Automated Luxury Communism by Aaron Bastani would be pro-geoengineering to some degree.
geoengineering, it seems, had always been a form of planetary class war.
Fossil-fuel companies, conservative think tanks, and economics departments, after all, had been among the earliest supporters of geoengineering.
In an era of climate change, this logic leads to geoengineering despite its manifest threat to the essential and extremely complex Earth system. Neoliberals willingly gamble with something as risky as SRM rather than countenance restrictions on their revered market.
To get a sense of how foolish it is to think that privatized geoengineering will produce an optimal climate, it is worth remembering the shock of the ozone hole.
The ozone crisis is not just a useful allegory to warn against an overweening geoengineering programme but is directly relevant because SRM might itself damage the ozone layer.
2.1. In my garden
Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).
- World's Largest Direct Air Carbon Capture System Goes Online
- Weeknotes W28 2022
- After Geoengineering: Carbon Removal and Social Transformation
- The Ministry for the Future: Climate Change, Sci Fi, and our Near Future
- Review of Half-Earth Socialism
- 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo