Despite a growing awareness of Climate Change by the public and increases in renewable energy, fossil fuels are back on the rise and continuing to threaten our future. [See: Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017, March 22, Reuters.] The delusion that the rise in renewable energy would mean a decline in the use of fossil fuels is over.
Last year dashed hopes for a climate change turnaround After three flat years that had hinted at a possible environmental breakthrough, carbon dioxide emissions from the use of energy rose again by 1.4 percent in 2017, according to new data released by the International Energy Agency on Wednesday. The increase in emissions of the all-important greenhouse gas came as global energy demand itself increased thanks to strong economic growth — and that demand was sated by all types of energy, including renewables but also oil, coal and natural gas.” (Last year dashed hopes for a climate change turnaround, 3/21/2018 The Washington Post)
It looks like we aren’t going to magically address Climate Change via the free market economy. We’re going to have to work at stopping fossil fuels infrastructures.
And remember, bringing down our greenhouse gases is but one part of the Climate Change crisis. The other parts are adapting to the warming we have already put into our climate system and the accumulated environmental abuses of our past—pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the over-consumption of our natural resources.
Humanity will turnaround Climate Change when we realize that we caused this planetary warming and we are willing to take responsibility for this crisis. Assuming that our economy, which is largely responsible for our Climate Change crisis, is going to solve it too doesn’t make sense.