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Megan McArdle

Green Cars Won't Save the Planet

A massive polar ice cap seems to be melting. What are we going to do to stop it? The answer, as I’ve often posited in this space, is “likely nothing.” 
So ... what else ya got? Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
So ... what else ya got? Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

A massive polar ice cap seems to be melting. What are we going to do to stop it?

The answer, as I've often posited in this space, is "likely nothing." Oh, I don't mean literally "nothing"; I'm sure people will continue to write angry editorials and buy "green" consumer products. But I don't think we're likely to do much in the way of actually reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which contribute to the climate change that is melting the ice caps.