We are faced with a choice: act with real urgency to move away from fossil fuels and develop the clean tools that will help us completely rebuild our economic system, or carry on squeezing out the last drops and hope for the best.
It\’s not actually an either or.
Using coal, oil, natural gas now, while we develop those clean tools would work just fine. Indeed, it\’s the sensible thing to be doing. Wait until the clean tools are actually available, in quantity, at the right price, and then use them.
Hey, Jeremey Leggett says that solar PV will be cheaper at the point of use, even here in the UK, than fossil and grid derived power by 2013.
Not long to wait then, eh?
However, I suspect that the really important part of that is the \”completely rebuild our economic system\”. Greenpeace would be utterly distraught if anyone really did come up with a non or low carbon form of energy generation that allowed free market capitalism to continue making life better for all.
Which is why they\’re going to be so pissed off in a decade or two when exactly that happens.