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Considering LiveAid's success at ending hunger in Africa, I'm awfully glad newspapers are finally applying this model to global warming.  There's nothing like the sight of fifty-four newspapers performing a synchronized exercise in smug self-congratulation to induce life-altering change.

I am, of course, in favor of not slow-roasting the planet.  But these sort of exercises in mindless collectivism are excruciatingly silly.  Unsurprisingly, the op-ed it produced was puerile and unlikely to be read by anyone who does not already agree with its premise.  If fifty-four newspapers had wanted to make a serious statement about the environment that their readers were sure to pay attention to, they might have stopped printing and distributing their energy intensive product for a day.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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