THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
THE WEATHER IN OUR CONTROL

Conserve? We’d rather look to sky (from McMansion window)

February 13, 2011

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RE “CLOUD control’’ (Ideas, Feb. 6), Leon Neyfakh’s piece on weather manipulation: Install mirrors in space to deflect solar radiation from the earth? As always, it’s anything but conserve. Meanwhile, we attempt farfetched operations like this in order to try to undo our own damage.

Ever since I was in high school during the Carter-era energy crisis of the 1970s, I’ve been asking: Why do humans have to be so selfish and gluttonous that they can’t sacrifice a bit for the good of the planet and future generations? Why must they have to extract every last iota of oil and exploit every last resource, wiping out precious species and flora, unleashing environmental catastrophes, causing icebergs to melt and untold other earthly harm?

When responsible measures are attempted, people do all they can to block them in the name of jobs for the future in resource-stripping, finite industries. What good are these jobs if there is no clean air or water for our progeny? Notwithstanding the admirable green projects and concerned, far-seeing efforts of some enlightened people, organizations, and legislators, it’s such a sad reflection on humanity that so many feel the need to control either our egomaniacal, self-serving, McMansion-living, SUV-driving lives or the very weather conditions that surround us. We don’t have this power, and never did, and both of these reckless courses will ultimately fail us.

SUSIE DAVIDSON
Brookline