As various examples of countries becoming more prosperous show, when there is industrial progression there begins an increase in pollution and environmental degradation until after a point it levels out, and then subsequently increased ability to be more environmentally mindful plays out. This is called the environmental Kuznets curve.
If you put Bob in a time machine and showed him modern day
As well as markets making us greener anyway (as I explain in this blog post), when you look at relatively smog-free places like London, New York, Seoul, Berlin, Madrid, Rome and Paris, and compare them to comparably worse cities in places like China and India, there is no reason not to believe that the richer countries' major cities are simply on are on a more environmentally friendly side of the Kuznets curve at present, and that the poorer major countries are not there yet (point of note: despite huge growth, overall China and India are still poor countries).
Lab-grown meats and vegetables will revolutionise the food industry as we wean ourselves off much of our factory farming, and the machine industry will be revolutionised as we wean ourselves off fossil fuel dependency. All the domestic issues that preoccupy the greens are on their way to being things of the past thanks to science and technology.
Lest we forget as well that the numbers are not exactly chicken feed: the climate change industry is apparently worth over $1.5 trillion. That's $4 billion a day spent on things like carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon sequestration, biofuels and wind turbines on a problem that's going to turn out to have been hardly a problem at all.
Although the climate change agenda is not without traces of good - when taken as a whole it is almost certainly going to end up being one of the costliest mistakes human beings ever became embroiled in.
It seems a nigh-on certainty to me that solar energy is the future. In recent years the price of solar power has dropped significantly, as the cost of manufacturing, the cost of installation and the electricity prices derived from it have become cheaper. The solar costs for consumers will soon be more affordable than costs derived from fossil fuels.
Not only is solar going to be the most prominent of all our energy sources - but given that the sun has enough provision to drive our Solar System for another 5 billion years, I can conceive of a time when the vast majority of our energy resources will be derived from photovoltaic cells converted into electricity. By far the country with the most prodigiously profitable solar industry is going to be China, probably followed by Japan and the United States, plus as the technology becomes more sophisticated and marketable it will spread more prominently throughout the globe