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Engineering the Truth

Robert Samuelson tackles the real inconvenient truth about global warming: Even if it's entirely man-made, and even if it's going to have devastating consequences, we still don't have any way to solve the problem.

It's not a political problem, it's an engineering problem.

No matter how much we try to punish ourselves at home for the sin of living well, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is going to rise dramatically on account of the developing world.

So how do we solve the engineering problem? That's unknowable right now. But if the government's going to "act" on global warming, it would be better to spend money on research and development than to beat up the private sector with more and more restrictions on carbon-dioxide emissions.