It is clear that this new proposal to cut down all the trees and dump them in the ocean, with each tied to a rock so that it sinks to the bottom, thus sequestering the carbon forever, would work, and is exactly the kind of thinking we need to act on immediately without questioning, before it is too late. Unfortunately it is, at best, no more than a short-term solution.
While we support the proposal, which has recently passed the legislature with bipartisan support and is headed for the president's desk, it does have some obvious flaws. For example, once the ocean fills up with trees, how will the oil tankers get around the world to deliver the precious fuel that is the lifeblood of our economy? Where, pray, will we build our great underwater cities, with their fabulous rotundas and world-famous shrimp bars, with all those logs down there mucking everything up?
It may also be objected that the trees will just grow back, as if this were an argument against rather than for the plan. In any event, these are the sort of specifics that should be worked out during the implementation phase. The priority now is to stop asking questions and immediately start felling trees and getting them aboard a steamer, each firmly tethered to a stone of sufficient size to sink it to the seabed. Ladies and Gentlemen, stop telling us why you can't, or feel you shouldn't - the time for such questioning is past. Now is the time for doing.
The Times always exercises extreme caution so as not to over-inflame public sentiment - and yet it does not seem too much to say that if we do not act now, before it is too late, we are headed for certain doom.