Canada Green leader warns against fertilizing seas

Oct 18, 2012
Canada's lone Green Party member of parliament, Elizabeth May, pictured in 2011, on Thursday decried the so-called "ocean fertilization" of the Pacific with what she claimed was Ottawa's tacit approval.

Canada's lone Green Party member of parliament, Elizabeth May, on Thursday decried the so-called "ocean fertilization" of the Pacific with what she claimed was Ottawa's tacit approval.

May pointed to an article in the British newspaper The Guardian in which California businessman Russ George said he conducted a massive test in July, dumping 100 tonnes of iron sulfate off British Columbia's coast in a geoengineering experiment.

The iron has reportedly spawned an artificial plankton bloom as large as 10,000 square kilometers. The aim was twofold: enriching the food chain and increasing for a region that depends on fishing and hoping the plankton will absorb carbon dioxide.

May accused the Canadian government of knowing about the project and letting it happen.

"This kind of experiment is very, very risky business. Scientists have warned us it can destroy oceanic ecosystems, create toxic tides, and aggravate and global warming," May said in a statement. "The long-term absorption of carbon dioxide in water is also contested.

"The fact that may have known about this and let it happen is disturbing. Have they allowed a Californian rogue investor to play with fire at the expense of Canada's environment?"

The experiment was also harshly criticized at a key UN meeting of 70 environment ministers in Hyderabad, India on halting the depletion of Earth's natural resources.

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ScooterG
1 / 5 (6) Oct 18, 2012
Let me get this straight...

George convinces a town council to contribute $1M to his scheme.
George does this under color of AGW reduction.
George does this under color of "save the salmon fishermen".
George schemes to profit from the sale of carbon credits.
George thumbs his nose at fellow environmentalists.

I don't understand the problem...

His plan relies on the use of other people's money.
Apparently, he felt he had scientific "consensus".
Apparently, he felt the AGW implications were "too important to wait".
His actions were noble in that he's using these people's money to save them from certain extinction (obviously he knows better than they how to use their money).
He plans to profit financially from all his hard work, hence the label "entrepreneur and businessman".

Hmmmm...sounds to me like a typical militant enviro-nazi.

Pardon me while I LOTF and LMAO.
christ_jan
5 / 5 (4) Oct 18, 2012
This was nothing compared to the junk that flows out of the rivers from agriculture.
joshicola
3 / 5 (1) Oct 20, 2012
With all the concerns about "rogue geoengineers", the deepest irony is that doing nothing may be the worst geoengineering option.
VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 21, 2012
Poor Scooter. He has nothing left but mumbling incoherent nonsense.

"Let me get this straight..." - ScooterG
ScooterG
1.7 / 5 (6) Oct 21, 2012
Poor Scooter. He has nothing left but mumbling incoherent nonsense.

"Let me get this straight..." - ScooterG


Poor VendicarD - just a typical liberal who resorts to name calling when he can't argue valid points.