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my greatest nemisis is providing free light, heat and energy. I call this enemy...the sun.:
The Simpsons, 1995:
Burns: [throws a switch; a control panel appears at his desk]
[another button slides the floor off a model of Springfield]
Since the beginning of time man has yearned to destroy the sun. I will do the next best thing...block it out!
[another button raises a shield over the model town]
Smithers: Good God!
Burns: Imagine it, Smithers: electrical lights and heaters running
all day long!
Smithers: But Sir! Every plant and tree will die, owls will deafen us
with incessant hooting...the town's sundial will be useless.
I don't want any part of this project, it's unconscionably
Burns: I will not suffer your insubordination. There has been a
shocking decline in the quality and quantity of your toadying,
Waylon. And you will fall into line, now!
Smithers: [pained] No...no, Monty, I won't. Not until you step back
from the brink of insanity.
Burns: I'll do no such thing. You're fired!
The Bush Administration, 2007:
Sydney Morning Herald, "US urges scientists to block out sun":
The US has also attempted to steer the UN report, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), away from conclusions that would support a new worldwide climate treaty based on binding targets to reduce emissions. ...
The US response says the idea of interfering with sunlight should be included in the summary for policymakers, the prominent chapter at the front of each panel report. It says: "Modifying solar radiance may be an important strategy if mitigation of emissions fails. Doing the R&D to estimate the consequences of applying such a strategy is important insurance that should be taken out. This is a very important possibility that should be considered."
Having spent 8 years sabotaging efforts to cut emissions and supporting efforts to increase them "if" is a funny way of putting it. On the one hand it's not happening and there's nothing to be done but on the other we'll be forced to scorch the sky.
update: The American Enterprise Institute, "an ExxonMobil-funded think tank with close links to the Bush administration", is offering scientists and economists $10,000 bribes to undermine the already conservative, Bush-administration-undermined Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.