Originally Posted by Bronx33
OK but what viable alternative is there (right now?)
nuclear + natural gas + wind + solar + hydro + geothermal
probably won't get us completely off coal, but can vastly reduce its use (see Japan, France, and other nations which don't rely on it).
There are of course problem with those energy sources, but unlike with coal those problems are relatively easy to deal with. Even nuclear waste is easier to deal with than belching smoke laced with poisonous gases, heavy metals and radiation into the atmosphere.
Regardless of whether or not GCC is a problem and one that we can deal with, long term burning dead dinosaurs is a completely unsustainable energy source. The sooner we develop alternatives, the better off we'll be long term.