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Jonathan Franzen has finally seen the light. Unfortunately, it has blinded him.

The distinguished American novelist and essayist has a piece in the current issue of the New Yorker entitled What If We Stopped Pretending? Stop pretending that the climate apocalypse is not going to sweep us all away, he means. As he writes: "to prepare for it, we need to admit that we can't prevent it."

It's very elegant, philosophical – Marcus Aurelius for beginners. Yes, we have wasted 30 years and not cut our global emissions at all. Yes, we are heading for the "never exceed" average

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