Did you ever notice that houses and factories have chimneys that carry the smoke, the exhaust, the fumes up and away from people? I noticed the same thing about cars- no company makes a car with an exhaust system that brings exhaust into the car. We do these things because no one wants to breathe in the toxins that are created by combustion and burning. We know that toxins are poisonous, well, by definition. Can we agree to this?
If that is the case, that the toxins that are created by combustion and burning are poisonous, then what if there were a way to avoid the toxins? Wouldn’t it be better for everyone to not create the toxins? There is! There are ways to create energy that do not pollute and those ways are becoming cheaper and cheaper through economies of scale. There are now more people employed in solar energy than in oil, coal and gas.
We also know that not all resources are renewable; someday oil, coal and gas will run out. If we are smart enough to prepare for a winter storm or a hurricane, we are also smart enough to prepare for a world without fossil fuels.
Maybe you do not believe that the earth is warming or maybe you believe that the earth is warming but that it isn’t caused by human activity. (My reading and my personal experience tells me that the earth is warming and it makes sense to me that 7 billion people could be contributing to it.) Either way, if we don’t want poison in our houses or our cars let’s not put it into the air. If we know that fossil fuels will run out, then let’s get ready for what is next. There is no reason not to.