Rhode Island Legislature Initiates Prohibition Against Geoengineering


The Rhode Island legislature submitted HB 7655 in April 2014. The Bill was held for review and apparently died in committee. (Source)

The 2015 legislature submitted a new Bill – HB 5480 – currently being held for review.


“Geoengineering Act of 2015.”
23-23.8-2. Definitions. — The following words and phrases as used in this chapter have the following meaning:

1) “Air contaminant” means soot, cinders, ashes, any dust, fumes, gas, mist, smoke, vapor, odor, toxic, or radioactive material, particulate matter, or any combination of these.

(2) “Air pollution” means presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more air contaminants in sufficient quantities, which either alone or in connection with other emissions, by reason of their concentration and duration may be injurious to human, plant or animal life, or cause damage to property or which unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life and property.


“Geoengineering” means activities specifically and deliberately designed to effect a change in the area climate, with the intent or purpose of minimizing or masking anthropogenic climate change, including global warning. Such actions may include, but are not limited to, the  following:

(i) Attempts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; and

(ii) Solar radiation management or cloud whitening, or similar process whereby aerosols, particles, chemicals, gases, vapors, or other compounds are injected into the atmosphere to reflect a portion of the sun’s radiation back into space.