Edward Teller, climate change and 1959

There's a very interesting article in today's Guardian newspaper by Benjamin Franta. It concerns a symposium entitled 'Energy and Man' that took place in New York City in 1959, organised by the American Petroleum Industry as part of a celebration of 100 years of the American Petroleum industry. To quote from the article, 'Over 300 government officials, economists, historians, scientists, and industry executives were present'. Its guest of honour was Robert Dunlop but there was another famous face taking part, the brilliant physicist Edward Teller.

Edward Teller was a very right-wing man, almost as right-wing as his fellow ex-Hungarian, the genius scientist John Von Neumann, who supposedly became the inspiration for the character of 'Dr Strangelove' in Stanley Kubrick's famous movie. Both were firm advocates of a massive increase in arms spending and a deep-seated fear and hostility towards the Soviet Union. Von Neumann famously admitted to a congressional committee that he would carpet-bomb the entire Soviet nation at the first opportunity.

Teller gave a talk to the assembled guests at the New York Symposium, entitled 'energy patterns of the future'. This is what he said:

"Ladies and gentlemen, I am to talk to you about energy in the future. I will start by telling you why I believe that the energy resources of the past must be supplemented. First of all, these energy resources will run short as we use more and more of the fossil fuels. But I would [...] like to mention another reason why we probably have to look for additional fuel supplies. And this, strangely, is the question of contaminating the atmosphere. [....] Whenever you burn conventional fuel, you create carbon dioxide. [....] The carbon dioxide is invisible, it is transparent, you can’t smell it, it is not dangerous to health, so why should one worry about it?
Carbon dioxide has a strange property. It transmits visible light but it absorbs the infrared radiation which is emitted from the earth. Its presence in the atmosphere causes a greenhouse effect [....] It has been calculated that a temperature rise corresponding to a 10 per cent increase in carbon dioxide will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York. All the coastal cities would be covered, and since a considerable percentage of the human race lives in coastal regions, I think that this chemical contamination is more serious than most people tend to believe."

And so, in a nutshell, n 1959, many of the power-elite in the United States were informed that global warming or climate change would happen, along with its catastrophic effects on humanity and our planet.

It's worth thinking logically about how the power-elite of the U.S. would have responded to this news. Being intelligent, self-serving people, they wouldn't have ignored it. There may be a climate-change-denial movement muddying the waters for us nowadays, but there's no reason to think that those oligarchs would have fallen for such half-hearted denials. Instead, it is logical and likely that they would have planned a response to deal with that impending threat.

As far as I can work out, there seems to be only four possible ways they could have dealt with the coming global climate meltdown. They could have done one or more of the following:

1) Stopped global fossil fuel use, or severely cut it back.
2) Severely reduced the global population somehow, to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
3) Built secret underground cities, safe from the atmospheric breakdown and sea-level rises, and stocked them with a chosen group.
4) Developed a space program to colonise another planet.

Choice 1 would have been a very unpopular idea, as the power-elite's wealth was heavily dependent on fossil fuel use. This choice was therefore likely to have been rapidly abandoned. Choice 2 was a very risky idea (never mind being entirely callous) as most ways of doing it (disease, armed militia) could have easily backfired and killed the oligarchs themselves. This would leave only choices 3 and 4, underground cities and a space-colony, as their only viable choices.

If the power-elite did a study and came to that same conclusion, it's likely that they would have immediately began a major program of work to achieve those two goals. Since the elite of the U.S. are actually a small number of people, who are also closely linked through marriage and other ties, they could have agreed to put an enormous amount of influence and money into the projects. It's therefore worthwhile having a look at the period, 1959-61, in the United States for signs that these projects were actually started. Did major events and developments occur in those two years that could have helped the creation of underground cities and a space-colony-program?

Iinterestingly, several key events relating to underground cities and space-colonies did occur in the U.S. in 1959 and 1960. For example, in 1960, JFK ran for President (and eventually won), promising to create a much larger missile defence program and begin a mission to the moon. Both programs were hugely expensive and, by interesting coincidence, both would have been highly beneficial for a space-colony-program.

In 1961, Project Gnome consisted of the detonation of a 3.1 kiloton atomic bomb underground. A few months later, researchers examined the cavern that was created and found that the space had rapidly lost its radioactivity and become habitable. The test was definite proof that engineers could make a huge hole underground without any need to physically excavate and remove that material to the surface. It was very useful news to anyone thinking of creating a secret underground base.

Between1957 and 1960, the U.S. aviation and defence media was full of stories reporting that the big aerospace defence contractors were working on anti-gravity technology. This was a development of pioneering experiments made by Townsend Brown and Nikola Tesla. But in around 1960, this entire subject disappeared from the aerospace media, as if it had suddenly become a non-subject. This bizarre switch from being the hottest trend in military aviation to being an unspoken subject is described in Dr Paul LaViolette's book, 'secrets of anti-gravity technology'. LaViolette concluded in his book that the U.S. defence bigwigs must have made significant breakthroughs and immediately made the whole topic classified. The timing is very interesting as it occurred, again, soon after that bombshell talk by Edward Teller. It goes without saying that anti-gravity propulsion would have been a very useful technology for a space-colony program.

It's therefore seems that a lot of events occurred at the end of the 1950's that are related to possible programs of developing underground bases and a space-colony. Since that time, the odd revelation pops up on this subject, such as the statements of Philip Schneider (at least before he was found dead), along with a host of other intriguing accounts. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, it is difficult to be sure of anything as the whole area is awash with claim, counter-claim and wild theories.

In summary, did the power-elite of the U.S. actually begin projects in 1959, developing underground cities and a space-colony, as a way to avoid the coming climate meltdown? The supposedly spoof documentary, Alternative-3, broadcast in 1977, intimates that a global elite had already been working on these options for some years. It's hard to be certain either way but we can look at the subject logically. To put it simply, if you were the U.S. power-elite and their European friends, what would you have done once you knew that climate-meltdown was approaching? Most of us know the story of Noah and his Ark and most of us understand that Noah was the wise one to heed the warnings and sort out a lifeboat. The same could be said of Edward Teller and the U.S. oligarchs. 1958 may therefore have been the year that 'Project: Noah's Ark - 2050' actually began. Sadly for the vast majority of us, we'll never see it launched. All we'll see is the water.