So, what is the answer?
Go back a couple of hundred years? Or maybe to the Stone age and start all over. We need some good thinkers to solve this problem. Or we poison all of us with toxins.
Like I responded earlier, it's not the outcome that is resisted, it's the means to that end.
I think there are a lot of "good thinkers" on the case to solve the problems...except they can't agree and politically use their beliefs as cudgels to force their beliefs on others. In the political battle, there is so much collateral damage and strides forward are lost in the mayhem.
The "greenies" need to understand that the "fossils" aren't out to ruin the planet and aren't evil. The "fossils" need to understand that part of their responsibility is to lessen the impact. And *Everyone* needs to accept that their ideas aren't the end-all solution to replace the other's and their ways have limitations.
Is solar energy great? Damn right it is, but accept its downsides and limitations...same with wind. Don't make it out to be today's replacement to fossil fuels.
Can clean and efficient ICEs be developed? Absolutely. Maybe not tomorrow, but who knows what lies ahead technologically? Look at what's been gained since cars were invented? I have a pickup truck with a V8 engine that gets 15-21mpg...My dad's 1990 Grand Wagoneer gets 10-12.
Can coal-fired energy plants be made to burn cleaner? I'm sure they've been improved over the years because they've had to be.
I will say that many of the improvements have been made because of Government regulation, because even I'm not naive enough to think that private industry would have taken the initiative to do so on its own...however, the same incentives given to green tech development would also go pretty far in urging cleaner fossil fuel technology. No, green tech get the carrots, while fossil fuels get "the stick"...
I think of HRC's campaign slogan that she was going to shut down the coal industry (in West Virginia, no less)...and this current situation with the gas industry...
Just think of the *real* progress that could be made if everyone just sucked up their bullspit political views and worked together...