You say you want to dim the sun? Say it ain’t so, Bill. Don’t mess with nature. I know you’re a smart man, but this old rock has endured ice ages (long before fossil fuel emissions), hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, raging forest fires, floods, lightning strikes, meteor showers, plane crashes, the polar vortex, torpedoes, and atomic bomb blasts, without your help.
The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, released thirty million tons of sulfur dioxide gas, resulting in the ozone hole expanding to an unprecedented size. The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland spewed nine hundred million kilograms of CO2 in six days. I think that might be more CO2 than millions of gasoline-burning cars would emit in a month of Sundays. My calculation could be wrong, but I think it’s close. Nonetheless, the ozone cured itself and the planet has survived powerful destructive forces without any help from you, or any of your genius friends. Apparently, you believe humans can do a better job than nature; ergo, dim the sun, and filter cow farts.
Well, if that works, I’d like for you to turn off the polar vortex, and lower the water temperature off the coast of Africa where all the hurricanes are spawned. And while you’re at it, figure out a way for us to have rain on-demand and fast melting snow. Oops, if you turn off the sun, snow won’t melt and crops can’t grow. What about those of us who have installed solar panels? Will we get a refund? Don’t forget, the People’s Republic of California gets 17% of its electricity from solar power plants. Do you have a plan to increase the wind velocity so wind turbines can take up the slack when you dim the sun? If so, are you ready for the backlash you will get from the Audubon Society?
Bless your heart, I know you mean well, and are, no doubt, ready to do something about gravity and friction, but don’t give up your day job.
Good luck and all my best,
G. David Howard