You might as well write off the grandkids right now because every day our political leadership is telling you that they already have.
That could change. The day might come, probably sooner rather than later if at all, that our political leadership accepts that we can consume just a small fraction of our known fossil fuel reserves and implements policies to leave the great majority of it safely underground, untouched. It's a longshot but it could happen. Don't count on it.
Until that day arrives, consider the grandkids toast.
The Guardian's enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, reacts to Japan's recently announced project to mine seabed methane clathrates:
"...it is the only point that is really worth making. It doesn't matter how many wind turbines you build, or energy-saving
lightbulbs you install, or more economical cars you manufacture: unless
most of our fossil fuel reserves are declared off-limits they will,
sooner or later, be extracted and burned. The question of whether it is
sooner or whether it is later makes little difference: we have already identified more underground carbon than we can afford to burn between now and the year 3000.
from agreeing to leave existing fossil fuel reserves in the ground,
governments and corporations are spending hundreds of billions
prospecting for new reserves, and finding ways to extract ever more
exotic forms of buried carbon. Every time they succeed, press reports
gush like a Texan oil well in the 1920s."
Look at us. Our leadership can't wait to get at projected massive oil and gas reserves beneath the Arctic Ocean seabed. Russia, the United States, Canada - everybody wants at it. In that can you discern any recognition that we already have far more fossil fuel reserves than we can possibly consume without imperiling our civilization?
We are locked into a mindset of self-destruction and that infects the leadership not only of the Conservatives but also the Liberal Party and the New Democrats. They all want to chart the same course on fossil fuels. Every one of them is more than willing to sacrifice the future of your grandkids to reap unearned wealth, to keep the machine ticking over because that's the only economy they understand.
Maybe it would help if you began looking at Harper and Mulcair and Trudeau as crazy people, lunatics, deranged because what other type of leader would do that to future generations, to their own grandkids? And, if they'll bequeath that future to their grandkids, what do you think they've got in mind for yours?