There’s an old saying, “Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.” Well, that’s a true statement, in so far as it goes. No one does anything about the weather because we don’t have the technology or know-how to do anything about it. That led me to the questions of whether we would or should do something about the weather.
We likely would try to do something about the weather, if we had the technology and the know-how, but that leaves the question of whether we should. I think the answer to that is no, we shouldn’t. weather is a part of our atmosphere. The atmosphere shifts over the earth below, whether continent or ocean. That’s what produces weather. There are currents in the atmosphere, much like there are currents in the ocean, largely for the same reason — the rotation of the earth.
What I’m trying to say is that if we halt or alter the weather in one place, it would change things in other places. If we made it rain in the Sahara, for example, that could cause a drought somewhere else. Human nature being what it is, the wealthier people would get the ideal weather and the poorer ones would get the storms and droughts.
I may be cynical here, but if you look at humanity’s track record, you will see that the resources usually end up in the hands of the few, often to the detriment of the many. That’s true even in most of the former communist regimes. There is always an elite group that has more than the rest. It would be nice if we could share and share alike, but that’s not our nature. Weather would end up as a commodity, like oil, gold, and food. It would be controlled by the elite, the wealthy, the few. The rest of us would have to make do with what’s left over.
Knowing what the weather will be, without the ability to control it would be a good thing for everyone. Knowledge is a beautiful thing. If we knew for certain what the weather would be for a given area, we would be able to plan for it. We are nearly there now, but we still have a way to go before we can be precise weather forecasting. There, too, there is room for abuse. It’s a smaller room, but it is there. The only place for that abuse would be in battle situations, or as a way to extort people. Don’t laugh, it’s a real possibility. Think about it. If someone could precisely predict where a hurricane would hit, they could choose to withhold that information or force others to pay for it. Either way, it’s a recipe for disaster.
“Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” Maybe that’s a good thing.
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