Was The Great White Fleet A Bully Iron Experiment ?
Ever since oceanographer John Martin launched the ocean fertilization controversy two decades ago by asserting : "Give me a half tanker of iron and I'll give you an ice age," ecologists have warned the impacts on marine food webs might not be worth the risk. The subject is hotly, and at times bitterly debated from coast to coast-- Woods Hole to Scripps Institute to be exact, but that has not stopped boiler room operators from offering dubious carbon offsets based on little more than promises to drop scrap iron in the ocean. SEC oversight scarcely applies to such penny stock science, the supposed benefits being calculated from the paper ratio of iron in biomass to the weight of whatever may be thrown over the transom.
The subject deserves better, and