amounted to the riskiest possible strategy


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hi, members!

Quotes are from "Climate of Man" by Elizabeth Kolbert .

Could somebody help me with the phrase 'amounted to the riskiest possible strategy'?

Does it mean 'among all strategies, it is the riskiest one'?

It could take "several decades," they noted. For this reason, what might seem like the most conservative approach—waiting for evidence of warming in order to assess the models' accuracy—actually amounted to the riskiest possible strategy: "We may not be given a warning until the C0₂loading is such that an appreciable climate change is inevitable."
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