[extropy-chat] FWD (SK) The Coming Climate Collapse

Spike spike66 at comcast.net
Sun Feb 8 17:50:10 UTC 2004

> Technotranscendence:

> Well, the plan could actually be beneficial.  It would create 
> an inland  sea in Eastern Africa in a region that is semi-arid to

Well hell yes!  I don't see the down side at all.
Couldn't we create an inland sea in the western
Sahara by piping fresh water over from the Nile?
Then the hot dry air would blow across it and
perhaps increase rainfall in the eastern side
of that vast desert.

> I think all of this would have an uplifting effect on the local
> economies.  So, I don't think the plan is evil.

Of course!  Water is valuable as all get out in north
Africa.  I honestly don't see why we don't get with the
program and save some of it, or use it for something.
We could pipe it north from the wetter equatorial
regions, everyone would benefit.

> ...I'd fear that some people wouldn't want such
> macroengineering projects to take place no matter what -- even if the
> locals wanted it... Dan

Why?  Im not disagreeing, but I do want to understand
the reasoning of the people who might oppose such an action.
Would the opposers be entirely on the part of those
who wish the people of north Africa to starve?  Or are
there other interests I am overlooking?  Looks like a
tropical north Africa would help everyone in some way.
To me, fixing Africa is an even more worthwhile project
than going to Mars.  And this is *me* talking.


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