I believe climate change is real, and I believe it is caused by humans burning fossil fuels. But I have so, so little faith in our attempts and ability to prevent it.
According to some random source on the Interwebs, 87% of human CO2 emissions come from burning fossil fuels; coal, oil, gas. So for the sake of argument, we can just ignore the other emissions, they are a distraction.
Reducing emissions is "easy:" Just incrementally reduce fossil fuel production, watch prices go up, renewables rise to the occasion and economies adapt. The problem is, the producers of fossil fuels have very few incentive to do this, and enourmous incentives not to. Needless to say, this is NOT happening.
Browsing around on http://energyatlas.iea.org
it seems production of all categories of fossil fuels is either steady or increasing. Yes, even coal.
Since we only have one planet, while production doesn't decline, reductions in consumption in individual countries do not matter, at all. The market quite efficiently moves the burning to a new location, the climate stays fucked.
Re-jiggering our economies to rely less on fossil fuels boils down to searching for ways to preserve our standards of living, in a post fossil-fuel world. Which is great, we should totally do that.
But so much more is needed to fix the problem. And that "more" is implicitly violent. Saudi ain't gonna stop selling oil just because we ask them nicely.
I feel like nobody is talking about this and it bothers me. Am I missing something obvious, or does everyone just have their head in the sand?