As I have written in earlier posts, I strongly believe that the only way to compel the fossil fuel industry to stop pumping carbon into the atmosphere is to criminalize their activities.Attempts to introduce renewable energies into the market, to scrub the air of CO2 and bring down temperatures, to create complex economic trading mechanisms which amount to petty shell games to trade and bargain away this or that bit of a carbon credit, etc., are futile and frankly laughable efforts in the face of the fossil fuel industry whose rabid pursuit of higher profit margins and increasingly risky extraction methods and who are shielded from scrutiny by policymakers in the United States and abroad negate any cumulative benefits.
Bill McKibben of 350.org wrote an article (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719) which appeared in a 2012 Rolling Stone issue. It is an entirely accessible version of the science and makes a very compelling case. He boils down the numbers and the results should be terrifying to anyone who realizes their implications. However, the situation is actually far more dire than even he explains. Much of the warming in the atmosphere is already stuck there and is being “masked” by other feedback loops.
Indeed, the more cities around the world who decrease air pollution, the more the actual warming is unmasked. There is a different report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which explains this in a very technical and yet approachable manner. If you sit down with it in a quiet place and really dig into it, well, let’s just say you may not sleep well tonight. And before you say, “But, I’m not a scientist,” please let me tell you that I’m not a scientist either, but I understood it (and, on a side note, do you really want to be like Mitch McConnell who seems proud of his stupidity?). And it is truly worth the effort. Here is the more in-depth explanation, which appeared in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:” http://www.pnas.org/content/105/38/14245.full.pdf+html
Read them BOTH and you are going to be charged WAY UP to demand change!