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We have indeed become a country of shallow solutions. The catalytic converter was going to solve the problem, and it did reduce the green skies of California. Now windmills and solar panels are going to solve the problem, while China fires up one coal plant a week. All in an attempt to hide the fact that we have indiscriminately defoliated the planet. We seem to be stuck in a progression from stupid to more stupid solutions to our problems. Cut down trees to speed up winter run off, to build houses where they will get flooded in the spring. If foliage and tree growth are the cilia and the lungs of the earth, we are in deep deep doo-doo.