wellygary: We need to stop burning fossil fuels ASAP.
We need to build an alternate ASAP.
If you provide an alternate that is cheaper and/or better, people will use it.
If you want to turn off the carbon with no alternate in place and literally leave millions of people out in the cold, then nobody will listen to you. Gas is less bad than coal. No it is not the end solution, but it is a practical step in the right direction. If the exploration/drilling/generation ban was accompanied by a replacement renewable incentive or renewable construction project, I wouldn't be critical, but it wasn't, so I am. As it stands, it's blind ideology, that is doomed to fail, not environmental leadership that is bound to succeed.
This is why I label the hydro and wind haters pseudo-environmentalists. Their attitudes perpetuate the use of carbon and creation of pollution.
Agreed, in Democratic societies the solution is to ensure that when things are replaced lower carbon options are cheaper and easier to select.
My point was *if* you believe this then you can't agree with Norway continuing to export its oil....