Sunday, August 23, 2009

Will we ever be able to control or stop tornadoes?

"No. It is, of course, possible to stop a tornado. One could drop a nuclear bomb and the heat of the explosion would disrupt the tornado and even the parent thunderstorm. But, even if it were practical to control or stop tornadoes, I believe it would be unwise and immoral to do so. The mathematical and physical equations that govern the atmosphere tell us that altering the weather in one area at one time will cause unpredictable consequences elsewhere at later times. it is morally wrong to purposely alter weather when the consequences may negatively impact other people and regions in unpredictable ways. No one can say whether preventing some tornadoes in Oklahoma will make floods worse in India, or deprive Missouri farmers of needed rain."

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