Think whatever you like, but until the oil is mostly gone or significantly more expensive to the point that greener technology is more profitable we are not going to change much. That's reality, the here and now, and the next 20+ years. So sorry. Coal is cheap and plentiful and will play a big role in US and other's energy production for a long time to come. It may get a little "cleaner" but it does not matter what you think about it because it is not going away. Sorry. Unless environmentalists in the US stop blocking progress in nuclear power plant proliferation the air is only going to get dirtier and the climate colder apparently because of all those melting icebergs. Build all the windmills you want, they still will amount to less than 10% energy production for a very long time, cap and trade be damned. Reality is a bitch.
I think you're right about that. It's pretty sad but mostly true. I try to think of it in terms of historical perspective and pre existing conditions. An example is the way cities and countries responded to cholera and other deadly diseases. People realized that poor handling of city run offs and raw sewage on the street was causing terrible diseases to form and spread. The old way of doing doo doos was causing catastrophes and had to change. It did.
Fixing it was expensive and a monumental task however, it was done and now, in the West, we move about our cities without dodging shit piles and suffering the inevitable blights associated with poor planning and unsustainable infrastructures. We now plan our cities with these needs in mind. We dont do this for our energy because it's been so cheap and profitable to just burn away, into the sky and the stream.. out of sight... out of mind.
It is taking a terrible toll.. on everything. We all know it, doesn't take a rocket scientists to understand this. However, to have people lie/deny and cheat reality over profits... well now, that something a scum bag would propagate. No manly man stands by while his ecology is destroyed forever. Only ignorant fools do that. We have plenty to go around it seems.
If people dont see the ice melting, either by chart, graph OR GOING THERE THEMSELVES, what can you do? Listen to them claim polar bears are fine? I say dont listen to stupid people any longer. Bag their sorry asses and send them to Mars... There, they can have an inert situation that doesnt have a delicate balance to contemplate or systems that cannot tolerate greed and ignorance. They would only need to maintain that which they know, their space module and their prejudices...