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There is also the possibility (one from which most of the world is operating) that the benefits of using fossil fuels outweighs the downside. Wealthier societies are much better able to deal with environmental changes, and the concentrated energy of fossil fuels allows for the speedier creation of wealth and the other benefits of a developed society.

ges: Short term that's fine. Not sure the wealth-vs-environmental-disaster race will work out long term. But I'll be long gone.

Devil take the hindmost.

I'm sure I've seen posts regarding the high cost of rebuilding, whether it is from a hurricane, a super storm, acres and acres of fire destroyed or flooded or drought stricken US land. They are haggling over the cost of Hurricane Sandy in Congress right now. Maybe we will be better off than developing or 3rd world nations, especially most of Africa, but as our costs go up for rebuilding due to devastated land, we will decline as a nation. There is only so much money and more importantly will to continually pump tax payer dollars into repairing land that will undoubtedly be ravaged again in just a few years. I do not consider 10 or 20 years all that much time. We are getting ready to turn over another year in just a few weeks. Where did the year go? How much advancement on containing greenhouse gases did the planet make? How much advancement on even convincing the masses that we had better act?
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