We don't have time to continue business usual solutions. Nuclear power can't come on board soon enough to offset a significant amount of Co2 in the time frame necessary. It also has a huge Co2 footprint in the mining, processing and transportation of fuel, uses huge quantities of water in an age of increasing water scarcity (1 mine uses 12million liters/day in drought stricken Australia), and leaves future generations with toxic waste as well as finite fuel source. Adding small amounts of oil to the mix is again a business as usual solution that causes more problems than it solves, it actually wouldn't solve any, just postpone the inevitable. Anything that contributes to global warming doesn't buy us time, it wastes time, of which we have little. Anything that further threatens the ability of the natural world to provide us with it's "free" services must be abandoned. Offshore oil drilling does just that. The problem is an economy built on cheap fossil fuels that are destroying the very foundations of our survival, the natural balance on which we depend.Until we address that at a fundamental level it's all window dressing and distraction.
Written in June 2008