- If people, governments, and businesses believe there is a solution other than reducing emissions, they will be less likely to reduce emissions.
- Geoengineering could be manipulated to benefit or harm one country over the other.
There are many good reasons to be wary of such a strategy. These reasons include the many known and unknown physical consequences of reducing the amount of sunlight on earth from historic levels. Among other things, plant photosynthesis will likely be reduced throughout the World, which in turn will likely have a domino effect on many other parts of our environment. Acidification of the oceans is another reason. However, the reason most often offered for not pursuing geoengineering is likely the least valid. It’s often referred to as the “Moral Hazard” of climate geoengineering. The purported moral hazards include the following: