Microsoft founder Bill Gates is throwing financial support behind the development of sun-dimming technology, which aims to reflect sunlight out of the Earth’s atmosphere, which can lead to a global cooling response.

“Apocalypse Never” writer Michael Schellenberger called the idea “bonkers” in an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday, before warning against the “gross irresponsibility” experiment.

The Stratospheric Controlled Persistence Experiment, conducted by Harvard University scientists, will study whether sun-reflecting aerosols, such as non-toxic calcium carbonate (CaCO3) dust, can compensate for the effects of global warming by dispersing them into the atmosphere. Forbes report.

“I’ve co-written articles with the Harvard investigator,” Schellenberger told host Tucker Carlson. “We have told them that this is a terrible idea personally. Most scientists do not agree with it.

“What they are proposing to do is the same as what we feared would happen after the nuclear war in the 1980s, which is a nuclear winter, the idea that you deliberately cool the planet. The effect on crops. Are completely unknown. They call it an experiment. But they know that there is no way to find out what the effects of such massive planets would be. “

Schellenberger predicted Gates and others involved in the experiment would face opposition “at every step”.

“It’s grossly irresponsible,” he said. “They know for a fact that they will never get international agreement on it. So they are basically trying to socialize the idea, normalize the idea, make us comfortable with an idea, giving us an outward appearance. Should be uncomfortable with. “