Keep fossil fuels in the mix, sprinkle in more carbon-capture storage and sequestration, bring on more renewables and nuclear, and clean the air by developing food security in a sustainable way. Surely this is obvious?
So where are the carbon credits to farmers who deploy no-tilling farming? And additional credits to farmers that use regenerative farming? We gave credits to people switching to low energy light bulbs, which saved capacity as opposed to building new capacity. The concept is the same: Use this as a land redistribution tool and create carbon sinks. Incentivise people to sink carbon as opposed to putting more technology down which will have unintended consequences.
We have come a long way and made great strides, but everyone needs to be a little more moderate in their approach to whether we should be “green” or fossil. Remember, always, that we are seeking solutions to self-inflicted problems – problems which were seen as all-powerful solutions in their day. Let us not fall prey to the same wishful thinking. There is a balance, and increasing our carbon capture rate using nature seems to be the quickest, easiest way to save ourselves. Alternative technologies have their merit, but in 100 years’ time we may be sitting with other problems we aren’t capable of dealing with as a result.