The recently released technology assessment of climate engineering of the U.S. Government Accounting Office concludes that, “Climate engineering technologies do not now offer a viable response to global climate change.” Many of the proposed geo-engineering solutions rely on untested and immature technologies. Not even the first order consequences are well understood of some proposals, and who can guess what the unintended results might be.
We believe the GAO should focus its attention on developing a US Information Strategy. Information technology, while continually improving, is a mature technology, and we have many Information Systems professionals with extensive experience in designing, developing, and implementing information systems. The great gains in productivity over the last five decades have come from information systems, and the same technology and skills can be used to generate significant energy savings and enable organizations to reinvent themselves as sustainable enterprises.