Decisions on Geoengineering Discussed Without Public Input –
NCEP Announces Task Force on Geoengineering and Climate Change
Washington, D.C. – The National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) today announced formation of a “Task Force on Geoengineering”, a group of top experts in science, technology, diplomacy, national security, ethics and law who will analyze the main challenges and opportunities for the U.S. government related to geoengineering research and governance. The group, which held its first meeting last week, will conduct research and meetings in the coming months and issue specific recommendations to Congress and the President in July or August of this year.
Task Force on Climate Remediation Research
REPORT – Published October 4, 2011
Geoengineering is controversial—indeed, the term itself is controversial because it is both broad and imprecise. The task force avoids using the term “geoengineering” in the body of this report. We prefer the term “climate remediation,” which describes technologies that are intentionally designed to counteract the climate effects of past greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. The basket of concepts and technologies generally included in this category vary widely in scope, application, and impact. Therefore, they raise quite different scientific,technical, political, and ethical questions.