Ivo Wallimann-Helmer (Zurich): The Republican Tragedy of the Commons: The Inefficiency of Democracy in the Light of Climate Change. From The Atlantic Monthly, what if we never run out of oil? New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite; this would be a miracle — and a nightmare; and we can't address climate change without carbon reduction, but we also can't afford to neglect a vital second option: carbon capture. Kevin Drum on why cap-and-trade in Europe is working just fine. From Harvard Law Review, Richard Lazarus, Ann Carlson, and Michael Gerrard offer their comments on President Obama's pledge to combat climate change with executive action. Earth Day once mattered — why doesn't it anymore? Michael Kazin on how the environmental movement has failed to connect climate change to the everyday lives of people. Burn our planet or face financial meltdown — not much of a choice.

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