I'm surprised Graeme missed this one. So I guess I have to do his dirty work for him http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8579100/IPCC-considering-sending-mirrors-to-space-to-tackle-climate-change.html
IPCC 'considering sending mirrors to space to tackle climate change'
Reflective aerosols would be sent into space under a series of radical “geo-engineering” measures being considered by the UN climate science body to tackle climate change, leaked documents disclose.
... Experts suggested that the documents, leaked from inside the IPPC to The Guardian, show how the UN and other developed countries are “despairing” about reaching agreement by consensus at the global climate change talks.
But the newspaper reported that scientists admit that even if the ideas theoretically work, they could cause irreversible consequences.
Thanks to Seraph over at TOD's oildrum for the link and quote.
I will now condescend to quote my own reply from there:
Yeah, no possibility of unintended consequences there, eh??
Just for starters, many looking at the dramatic drop in price and meteoric rise in production numbers of solar panels are hoping that this could play a major roll in the world energy picture within just a few years.
But if sunlight is diminished, won't that also diminish the value of this source of power?
And the world is undergoing dramatic increases in food prices.
If light to food crops is diminished, won't that diminish their productivity?
Insolation is not the problem, so why solve what is not the problem?
All analogies fail to capture the utter stupidity and immorality of our collective behavior.
But how about this: We have built a huge damn with no outlet that we keep building higher every year. But we (and everyone else, every living thing in fact) live down in the valley above the damn and the steep cliffs on either side means there is no other place to go as the water behind the damn keeps rising. So we are slowly flooding our only living space with no place to escape to. Faced with this situation, we keep right on furiously building the damn higher, but now some people are going to build yet another damn further up stream to (temporarily, of course) keep some of the water from the stream from coming down to our ever deepening lake, even though we need that water to drink, to irrigate our fields, to wash with...
The idiocy is so immense, it truly boggles the mind.
Yet we all participate in the idiocy every day.
What a mess we are and have made of the whole thing.