Originally Posted by xioros
There are 2 kinds of people that deny climate change:
Those that make a lot of money by what could be causing it.
Those that are afraid that it's true.
And then there are the kind (farmers) that make some extra money because more CO_2 in the air means higher plant growth.
We have a rising world population we need more food and fuel or a realist would say we need less people.
Of course if we really wanted to we could start putting back chunks of hydrocarbons back underground or put it in infrastructure. I'm talking of course about wood and wood products.
Not that it would really do much with how much we put out.
So a plan (in big lines) to counter this issue:
Reduce world population to 3 billion.
Provide superior education to all 3 billion. (people have to come up with further solutions of course when doing this you should pick the best people for the job)
For energy production the path would be: (Excluding all the forms of energy that have minor global shares solar, wind, thermal and water)
From coal To Natural gas
From Natural gas to hydrogen from coal.
From hydrogen from coal to nuclear waste reducing fission.
From waste reducing fission to fusion. (At this point there should be as much green energy as we need and we can actively start scrubbing the air after all we have plenty of green energy)
Time scale about 100 years I think. (except that population reduction that has to happen gradually: global heavy birth restrictions and penalties)
Cutting back on people from the west, Russia ,China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan would be a very bad idea as those are the people that have the highest potentials for coming up with solutions.
So reducing the population should be partially exclusive to poorly developed regions where potential is low: Parts of Africa, The middle east, Pakistan, India, Philippines along with some other countries in Asia.
Water and wind are of course very good sources but not as long as they need subsidies to be viable. Water in some locations is already viable wind not so much.