Are Man-Made Tornadoes the Answer to Global Warming?

Tyler Hamilton, a journalist at the Toronto Star, reports on the fascinating ideas being put forth by a retired engineer named Louis Michaud. The 66-year-old Michaud believes it is possible to create and control full-scale tornadoes and harness their power as electricity. He claims the cost of energy generated by his tornadoes would be well below that from coal-powered plants.

As big as this idea might sound, the inventor actually has something much bigger in mind:

He says down the road, hundreds of vortex engines could be located in the ocean along the equator, where the warm tropical water would provide an endless source of energy.

Why would anyone do such a thing?

To cool the planet, Michaud says. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are what prevent the sun’s heat from radiating back into space, he explains. A series of controlled tornadoes along the equator would carry that heat to the outer edges of the atmosphere, where it could more easily escape.

In other words, Michaud believes man-made tornadoes could function as exhaust systems for the planet, a massive air conditioner that could help manage global warming.

This is probably too good to be true, but all you need is one big idea like this to work. If that happens, all the gloom and doom and real economic sacrifice associated with global warming becomes a small footnote in the history books. Technology and human ingenuity have solved just about every problem we’ve faced so far; there is no obvious reason why global warming shouldn’t succumb as well.

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  1. Ben says:

    Sure, technology and human ingenuity have solved lots of problems so far, but that shouldn’t serve as an excuse to indulge in ludicrous science-fiction fantasies like this one. Stick to the economics. I’m pretty sure you didn’t write posts this silly before you moved over to the NY Times.

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  2. Ben says:

    Sure, technology and human ingenuity have solved lots of problems so far, but that shouldn’t serve as an excuse to indulge in ludicrous science-fiction fantasies like this one. Stick to the economics. I’m pretty sure you didn’t write posts this silly before you moved over to the NY Times.

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  3. Discordian says:

    Man made tornados are PERFECT!
    We all know global warming is Grayface’s effort to ultimately uniformitize the globalic environment.
    Tornados are the goddess’ own elegant solution and she is speaking through Mr. Michaud!
    ra!

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  4. Discordian says:

    Man made tornados are PERFECT!
    We all know global warming is Grayface’s effort to ultimately uniformitize the globalic environment.
    Tornados are the goddess’ own elegant solution and she is speaking through Mr. Michaud!
    ra!

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  5. SAB says:

    Wow, whatever happened to seeing the world through innocent and curious eyes?

    Like, remember when people were, like, totally talking about sending people to, like, the moon and stuff? LOLs, ridiculous, I know!

    Grow up, there’s nothing silly about a) thinking up ways in which to make the world a better place to live in and b) not limiting economics to some lame and boring elitist rant (plus, the entire global warming phenomenon does work as some sort of incentive today – think about it… what happens if it were to disappear as such?).

    Or, you know, whatever.

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  6. SAB says:

    Wow, whatever happened to seeing the world through innocent and curious eyes?

    Like, remember when people were, like, totally talking about sending people to, like, the moon and stuff? LOLs, ridiculous, I know!

    Grow up, there’s nothing silly about a) thinking up ways in which to make the world a better place to live in and b) not limiting economics to some lame and boring elitist rant (plus, the entire global warming phenomenon does work as some sort of incentive today – think about it… what happens if it were to disappear as such?).

    Or, you know, whatever.

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  7. Cassie says:

    Ben’s still cranky about the partial RSS feeds.

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  8. Cassie says:

    Ben’s still cranky about the partial RSS feeds.

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