Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard
The best way to sequester carbon in the ground would be to use grasslands and large herds of herbivores...
Eat more beef and save the earth. I could go along with that, if the price comes down.
Also, we know that we have to stop burning all fossil fuels as quickly as possible if we are to avoid the worst effects from climate change.
Uh, no, "we" don't know. We only know that the climate changes, that it has been warming steadily (with wide fluctuations) and sea level has been rising steadily since the end of the last ice age, and there is no conclusive evidence that says that the world will be worse for it.
CO2 is not a pollutant. The earth is not a terrarium. Higher levels of atmospheric CO2 can only have a minimal effect on temperatures, though they have had a positive effect on plant growth.
If, as some claim, we have already triggered runaway catastrophic warming then no amount of social self-flagellation can change it. The proper response should be to strengthen our economies so that we have the resources to deal with any negative effects.
I recognize that fossil fuels are a finite resource. We should conserve our use of these resources in order to provide time to establish more sustainable energy sources, like advanced fission or fusion reactors, biomass, geothermal, etc.
We will need that energy if we are to successfully adapt to the next ice age.