Scientists have discovered a miracle solution to the global warming problem.
Or so the Atlantic wants to persuade us:
A team of scientists from Harvard University and the company Carbon Engineering announced on Thursday that they have found a method to cheaply and directly pull carbon-dioxide pollution out of the atmosphere.
I applaud the sentiment of that recent Wall Street Journal commentary by Steven Hayward arguing that “Climate change has run its course.”
(Hayward’s line was that political scares go in five phases and that, with “global warming,” we’ve reached the final one: “prolonged limbo—a twilight realm of lesser attention or spasmodic recurrences of interest” — aka overwhelming boredom).
But it seems to me that the damage is already done. If we’ve reached the stage where scientists propose an insane and eye-watering expensive scheme to suck a beneficial, plant-feeding trace gas out of the atmosphere and the response is not, “Wait! Why is that necessary???” but rather, “Sounds great! When can we start?” then the world has become a madhouse and may be beyond salvation.