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“Have a Plan B, and maybe even a Plan C. Because unexpected changes are most difficult to handle when we don't have a backup.”
― Germany Kent, American Print and Broadcast Journalist
Having looked at the subject of climate change quite a bit, there are many ways we can fix this problem, IF we work on it diligently. However humans have a habit of doing really dumb things, like not fixing a big problem we created, one that has already screwed up our climate big time, and is likely to create even worse problems in the future.
And thus my argument for all of the Plan Bs and Plan Cs we can find.
Most of my readers know that NET stands for Negative Emissions Technology. The title NET are carbon dioxide negative emissions technologies that involve the oceans.
 

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Matt Chester on Jan 18, 2022

The only problem with Plans B and C as fallbacks come with the time-sensitive nature of climate change-- we don't have time to see if Plan A fails before moving to B or C, so if it can help then move it from Plan B to Plan A2 and from Plan C to Plan A3!

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John Benson on Jan 19, 2022

Thanks for the comment, Matt.

The main issue is that we need to fully understand the science behind any NET, and then we will be in a position to use them most effectively and safely. Thus, we probably have a decade or so of funding projects to fully understand (for instance) iron ocean fertilization, but other work (like restoring kelp forests) is pretty safe since it existed for millennia before the greedy fur traders came along.

-John 

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