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A space idiocy |

A space idiocy

| Monday, July 11, 2005 12:00 a.m

Where does one go after devolving beyond self-caricature?

For Chicken Little tree-huggers petrified of global warming — “The sky is warming! The sky is warming!” — they go off the deep end and into deep space.

Solutions to this junk science multiply like construction costs for the Peterson Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh. But this proposal by Star Technology and Research Inc. goes where no man has gone before.

To counter global warming, even though it and global cooling are ever-changing parts of the atmosphere, the coneheads at that South Carolina company envision an artificial ring in space of small particles or spacecraft circling the equator to shade the tropics and moderate climate extremes.

Picture a junkyard ringing Saturn.

Ecuador never would get warmer. Neither would Western Pennsylvania.

Why anyone would have faith in NASA to accomplish this, considering that keeping shuttle crews out of harm’s way has been a challenge, was not addressed.

Ringing the Earth with space junk makes the radical environmental scheme of the Kyoto Protocol to limit American productivity appear plausible.

These space cadets with the wrong stuff estimate the cost of the particle system to be between $6 trillion and $200 trillion. The armada of small spacecraft creating gridlock around the big blue marble — $500 billion.

Comedic value of this space idiocy — priceless.

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