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A Moonshot for Planet Earth

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The most consequential climate change legislation ever, designed to reduce carbon emissions by forty percent and solidify America’s position as the world leader in the fight to save our planet, is being called the “Inflation Reduction Act.”

Come again?

We should be shouting from the rooftops the pending enactment of the “One Earth Act,” or the “Planet Fitness Act,” or even the “Al-Gore-Was-Right-All-Along Act.” But no. Reducing inflation is important, no doubt, as are the bill’s other features. But an earth-shaking $370 billion for climate change shouldn’t be slipped through the back door.

Saving our planet is this generation’s moonshot, and we have finally achieved liftoff. The decade-long journey from Mercury to Apollo was much shorter than the five decade odyssey to this moment from the first warnings of what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called “the carbon dioxide problem,” back in 1969, two months after the moon landing.

So here we go. This week’s liftoff was horizontal, not vertical, and the focus must turn now from outer space to inner space, from the planets and stars to the overflowing rivers and parched forests. But there is much that the prior moonshot can teach the current one.

Ron Howard’s new film, “13 Lives,” brings us back to the tense early summer of 2018, when an international team of experts and volunteers joined forces to rescue a boys’ soccer team stranded in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand.

As I watched the film, I couldn’t help but note the similarities to one of Howard’s prior films, “Apollo 13,” where,........

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