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More reflections on climate change

When not in denial, the US government’s approach to climate change has been dominated by faith in the “technological fix” rather than changes in behaviour (US answer to global warming: smoke and giant space mirrors, January 27). There are a number of reasons to be wary of this strategy. First, the science might not work. As you point out, the technologies in which hope is invested are either enormously expensive or too far from commercial use to be of much help. Second, climate change is caused by the unintended consequences of the use of technology. Who knows what environmental problems orbital mirrors and nuclear fusion might bring in their train? Third, and most crucial, technology perpetuates the illusion that business as usual is a viable proposition.

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