Extracting billions of tons of carbon from the Earth’s crust and dumping them in the atmosphere is a very dangerous experiment, and we can’t afford to mess like that with our only life-support system.
EU leaders didn’t discuss climate strategy at their four summits this year, while France, Germany, Spain and Britain are focused on paring the region’s 10.5 percent unemployment rate and 10.8 trillion euros ($13.9 trillion) in debt. The matter didn’t emerge during U.S. presidential debates.
“What scares me is that climate policy is sliding off the international policy agenda,” International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol said in an interview (source)
This inaction is a stark contrast with what climate scientists are saying: "Sea ice in the Arctic shrank to its lowest on record this summer as drought devastated corn crops in the U.S. Midwest and superstorm Sandy pummeled the East coast after becoming the largest ever tropical system in the Atlantic. The World Meteorological Organization says greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere touched a high in 2011, and the UN says that will make the weather more volatile."
I’m not saying that dealing with Europe’s economic woes isn’t important, just that we shouldn’t look so much at the short-term that we forget issues that will affect billions of people and all species on Earth for generations to come. Let’s get serious about dealing with climate change.