Remember a couple weeks ago when I made fun of the scientists (more specifically, the state of California for the funding) who were going to beam energy from space?
Apparently it has come to light that those same scientists plan to use their space solar beam to "kill" hurricanes.
"Not only can we send a high-precision microwave beam from space to Earth without harming anyone or the atmosphere, but it turns out we can turn that beam on the atmosphere itself to control weather."
I'm sorry, what? I guess the theory is that by heating up the inner portions of the hurricane they can weaken it to the point that it won't cause damage when it hits land. The problem arises when you realise that a solar array designed to power California cannot possibly send power to California while on duty as a hurricane deflector ray. Are they now suggesting we launch two orbital solar arrays? And if they are right, and their microwave emittor can burn up hurricanes, what's to stop it from burning up other things? And how exactly doesn't it burn up the atmosphere when it transmits its energy beam to the grid-thing in the California desert?
As an engineer well-versed in Murphy's Law, let me tell you: this will never work.