The idea is claimed to block sunlight from the earth's surface to save the planet from global warming.
Bill Gates has devised a plan that he says will fight global warming, that involves spraying large clouds of chemicals into the atmosphere that would effectively block the sun's rays from hitting the earth. Called 'geoengineering' the plan has received the backing of Joe Biden.
The White House has opened the door to the Gates plan to block sunlight as the administration continues its obsession with all-things climate. Despite scientists warning the effort could have untold side effects from playing around with the chemical makeup of the atmosphere, President Joe Biden's administration have admitted they're open to the idea.
A report released on Friday by White House officials suggests limiting sunlight to rapidly cool the planet, a process known as solar radiation modification (SRM). The administration added a note of skepticism to the report by noting that Congress ordered it, insisting it has not made any decision on 'geoengineering' policy.
Bill Gates' idea is for huge balloons to spray hundreds of tonnes of a chemical compound containing chalk and other elements into the upper atmosphere. This chemical soup would, according to Gates, reduce solar radiation reaching the earth's surface.
The report noted several ways authorities could look to achieve SRM, all of which come with potentially devastating consequences if they backfire. One method would be to significantly increase the amount of aerosols in the stratosphere, which would reflect the sun's rays from the planet.
Other ideas floated included increasing cloud coverage over oceans, or reducing the amount of cirrus cloud formations, which reflect solar radiation back to the Earth. The report noted that undertaking the mammoth task could have severe ramifications weather patterns and food supplies, which would in turn impact biodiversity, geopolitics, and health.
It also suggested that committing to the idea then backtracking and changing course could lead to abrupt warming as the sun's rays suddenly heat the Earth once more. While insisting that it was not definitively moving ahead with the plan, the Biden administration insisted in its report that the idea 'appeared promising.'
Gates, who famously said he could reduce the world's population just with vaccines, may just have taken that plan to a whole new level.