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Stephen Salter and Bill Gates Patent Scheme to Prevent Hurricanes

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posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 12:17 AM
This is pretty interesting, and sounds like a pretty simple idea.

Devastating tropical storms of the kind that battered the US last week could be weakened and rendered less deadly using a simple and cheap technology based on a surprising component – old car tyres.

One of Britain's leading marine engineers, Stephen Salter, emeritus professor of engineering design at Edinburgh university and a global pioneer of wave power research, has patented with Microsoft billionaires Bill Gates and Nathan Myhrvold the idea of using thousands of tyres lashed together to support giant plastic tubes which extend 100m deep into the ocean.

Wave action on the ocean surface would force warm surface water down into the deeper ocean. If non-return valves were used, he says, the result would be to mix the waters and cool the surface temperature of the ocean to under 26.5C, the critical temperature at which hurricanes form.

According to Salter, who has written to the government's chief scientific officer setting out his scheme, harnessing energy from the waves to cool the surface temperature of the ocean makes ecological sense. The naturally working pumps would be located in "hurricane alley", the warm corridor in the Atlantic through which the most damaging storms typically develop and pass.

Salter claims that the hydrological problems have been solved but that research funding is urgently needed. "If you can cool the sea surface, you would calm the hurricanes. I estimate you would need about 150-450 of these structures. They would drift around and send out radar signals so that no one would collide with them," he said.

I wonder if that would actually work and I'm hesitant to believe it would and could prevent, or at least noticeably weaken a hurricane. But these are two very smart men.

Hurricane suppression ideas go back more than 100 years but attempts have mostly proved tragicomic, said Jim Fleming, author of a new history of geo-engineering. Ideas have included setting up rows of cannon on the Florida coast to shoot them down; using laser beams from space; and "seeding" them with silver iodide.

The results have proved at best uncertain. One hurricane "manipulated" by the US government in the 1940s veered off course and struck Georgia, causing $20m of damage and killing two people. In 1962, just after the Cuban missile crisis, Fidel Castro complained that the US had "modified" a hurricane which, remarkably, lingered over the island for four days after exercising a U-turn.

Many countries, including the US and Russia, have tried to militarise weather research, trying to divert hurricanes and storms into the path of their enemies.

I found this also to be interesting. I know the US and other countries manipulate weather, but i was a little surprised in the way in which an MSM outlet reported it so casually. Some here thought HAARP was being used on Sandy. I do wonder if our government manipulated Sandy in any fashion, for the better or worse.

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posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 12:37 AM
Hard to believe that a thing like that would work in the real word and what are the consequences of changing the water temperature in the long term?

About the government manipulating the weather for good or worse, I don`t have a formed idea about that lol
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posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 01:05 AM
Sounds like a scheme to dump old tires in the ocean if you ask me. What effect would changing the surface temperature of the ocean have on the ocean itself?

Ever since Bill Gates endorsed population control through vaccination I woudn't trust any of his ideas as far as I could throw it.


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