It's not even meant to be a counter, it's just meant to point out the futility in even trying to stop industrialization. If the human race hasn't figured interstellar travel and interstellar colonization in the hundreds of millions of years available then our fate is to be cremated either way ...
Why shouldn't we use up our fossil fuel reserves if it provides a stable way to progress to a better human race ? We should we deny the usage of these resources when it could come in handy to drive our consumption for biotechnology which could dramatically improve the intelligence of human race so that we can progress faster ...
Think of it as a debt game where where we take out a loan from earth to invest in the human race where the hope lies in humans progressing civilization faster than earth's environment deteriorating so we can buy ourselves a new home or in this case a new planet before the inevitable end of our original planet ...
But even if our gamble doesn't play out the risk in the long term is mitigated since the CO2 gets reabsorbed again and are deposited into sediments ... (Which one sounds better to you ? Making a desperate attempt to prevent the invetable future of our boiling oceans or explore terraforming/interstellar colonization ?)
What the? This is even worse.
Your natural Earth death event will happen a billion years from now and you're claiming we won't invent interstellar travel before then unless we keep using coal. A coal fired rocket won't even reach escape velocity. Hell, we'll run out of coal long before we can travel to any star. And we'll have destroyed our planet in the process.
I'm just amazed that you think we cannot develop intersellar travel without using coal and that we shouldn't care because Earth wil die in a billion years anyway. Do you not realize that in a billion years we would not een be the same species of animal were are today?
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