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Five Trillion Dollar Plan to Save the Arctic Ice

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h/t JoNova – just in case you thought the climate community had run out of absurd ideas to waste taxpayer’s money, here is an academic plan to rebuild Arctic ice, by deploying 100 million wind turbines into the Arctic Ocean.

 

Save the Arctic with $5 trillion of floating, wind-powered ice machines, researchers recommend

 

Tristin Hopper | February 16, 2017 | Last Updated: Feb 17 9:34 AM ET

 

With the Arctic warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, a new scientific paper is proposing a radical scheme to thicken the ice cap: millions upon millions of autonomous ice machines.

 

Specifically, between 10 and 100 million floating, wind-powered pumps designed to spray water over sea ice during the winter.

 

“These are expensive propositions, but within the means of governments to carry out on a scale comparable to the Manhattan Project,” reads the paper published in the Jan. 24 edition of Earth’s Future, a journal published by the American Geophysical Union.

 

The plan would be one of the most expensive single projects in world history, an endeavour on the scale of the International Space Station, the entire U.S. auto industry or a major world conflict such as the Iraq War.

In the most ambitious version of the plan, 100 million devices would be deployed across the Arctic.

Nevertheless, given the end goal, the researchers from Arizona State University call the cost “economically achievable” and the environmental impact “negligible.”

 

However, they also costed a scaled-down, $500-billion plan that would deploy ice machines to only 10 per cent of the Arctic.

“The need is urgent, as the normal cooling effects of summer sea ice are already lessened and may disappear in less than two decades,” reads the paper.

 

The fleet of ice machines would be designed to add an extra metre of sea ice to the Arctic every winter.

The report contains no specific designs on the water pump, but described it as wind turbine and tank assembly mounted atop a buoy.

 

READ MORE:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016EF000410/epdf

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MY COMMENT:

 

Too FUNNY!

Good find Eric.

 

 

 

 

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