I’ve thought of writing about the many pipe-dreams people have for techno-fixes to Climate Change/Chaos. And now irony has just played the ultimate card. Pipes in the Ocean to bring cool water to the top. Yes people, we have a pipe dream for solving Climate Change which involves pipes! I’m sure I won’t be the only person to write a response with the above title.
The category of ‘Techno-Fix’ covers anything which assumes that technology will save us from Climate Change, despite the fact that its the technology which has been saving us from everything else which has actually created the problem. We’re now facing a situation the likes of which we’ve never seen before, differing from the Cold War only in its inevitability. And yet we are being called to rely, not on science, but on people’s aspirations for science.
The only scientific model which works is that we sharply curb our emissions. Any other model simply isn’t scientific because the course of scientific progress is not predictable. Sure, I understand that people can generalise some kind of solution, or get an incling as to what might work, but this technology is still not sorted, and may very easily be discovered to interfere with other aspect of the fine balance of life.
Still, while some of us attempt to cut our carbon emissions, we are faced with the certainty that, this being capitalism, someone will try and create a marketable solution and profit from it. I just don’t believe we can still trust science with all our problems, and certainly not with finding a solution that actually resolves the problem, rather than off-setting it onto future generations.