Should We Block the Sun to Cool the Climate?

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Yes, even though it sounds like fake news, the idea of blocking the sun (via aerosols sprayed into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight) is reportedly being considered by the Biden administration as a way of fighting climate change. According to reports, “The National Academies said the United States must study technologies that would artificially cool the planet by reflecting away some sunlight, citing the lack of progress fighting global warming.”

Now, this is yet another ridiculous example of man thinking he is god! Despite our advances in science over the past few centuries, we still don’t really understand how the climate works, don’t possess good, long-term data on what the climate has been even in the recent past, and can’t create models that accurately predict the future—yet we should start researching methods that could dramatically change earth for all of life? It’s nothing more than human pride and hubris, thinking we know everything and can do anything. (It’s reminiscent of Genesis 11:6, “And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”)

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But only God can truly control the sun: “Who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars” (Job 9:7). And the God who is all-powerful over everything—including nature—has said,

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22)

Now, many people understand that reflecting the sun’s energy and other “geoengineering” ideas are “‘controversial’ experiments [which] can be ‘highly risky’ and produce ‘unintended consequences that ripple out all over the globe . . .’ that could ‘lead to a butterfly effect of disastrous events.’” Of course it could, because earth and our climate are very complicated and we don’t truly understand everything that’s going on!

And furthermore, we don’t need to worry about blocking the sun because climate change isn’t humanity’s biggest threat! When we properly understand the true history of the world (including a catastrophic global flood), we have a much better perspective on climate. Instead of trusting man’s ideas grounded in evolution and millions of years, let’s put on our “biblical glasses” and think according to God’s Word in every area.

You can read about how to understand the science of climate change in this article by Dr. Alan White: “The Globe Is Warming—But It’s Not Your Fault.”

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This item was discussed Monday on Answers News with cohosts Dr. Gabriela Haynes, Tim Chaffey, and Rob Webb. Answers News is our weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:

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