Re: “RAT needed to counter global slowing” (letter, 5-2).
The writer is correct in pointing out the slowing of Earth’s rotation by two milliseconds since 1820. This is clearly related to the growth of industrialization over that same period.
The solution is obvious. A line of jet engines set on towers between Chicago and New Orleans could be positioned to speed earth’s eastern rotation to its proper rate. (A greener solution might be giant fans powered by windmills.) A similar line at the same latitude in Argentina would be needed to avoid upsetting (or perhaps to correct?) the natural wobble of the Earth.
The writer’s suggested Rotation Assistance Tax will not be sufficient to cover the cost of this program. Whatever the cost, any shortfall can simply be added to the national debt. In the long run, it will save money by providing jobs and reviving the economy.
The science is settled. All experts agree. The time to act is now.
However, this is only a beginning. I suggest immediate and massive funding of academic research into the problem of orbital deviation, which is well known to be related to both global warming and global slowing.