Thanks for the thoughtful comments
"This does not match with the scientific data. Ice cores from Greenland have shown that average temperature increases of 5C can occur in as little as 1 to 3 years. If this happened you could say good buy to the Greenland ice sheet and with it low lying cities such as New Orliens, Los Angeles, New York and London"
Yes, it is theoretically possible that such swings could occur (to land surface, not sea). But for the ice to melt, the change would have to remain "changed" for many years and not be just a blip, which is far more likely. We have not seen a change of that magnitude as far back as we can measure directly or via proxy. (Last year's drop in global temperatures was quite precipitous but was only around half a degree C.)
"What's wrong with trying to increase energy efficiency, reduce consumption, support the industrialising world and fix the worst problems as they arise?"
Nothing at all. I advocate and endorse such a general approach--provided always that it does not include measures that will slash world economic growth by up to half.
"With Kyoto, many people are searching for this technology because it will make big piles of cash."
Or without Kyoto, for that matter.
"If you pump all the money into short-term charity items, then people will be pumping money into family planning drug development etc. because that is where the money is - and this future unknown technology will never take off because no-one cares about it"
The point is that these "charity" items (investments, really) pay off in terms of greatly increased wealth and growth, to say nothing of the humanitarian benefits. That in turn translates directly into increased technological growth.
"So fixing our CO2 problem is double plus good, saves us money and helps the environment."
That depends on the cost. A hefty percentage of world growth is directly related to increased use (and low cost) of energy.
Sure, a silver bullet would be terrific. And it may happen (or not). But until then, here we sit.
I am disappointed by wind and solar--I would have thought they'd have done much better by now. But, sad to say, so far they simply haven't.
"So lets get real here, we're past the peak"
I think that the chokepoint is political rather than geological. Folks are making the same basic error that the Club of Rome made (and for much the same reasons).
Peak oil: Peek and ye shall find!
"We managed to increase the price of energy just fine without government intervention."
As one wit put it:
All we have to do the solve the oil crisis is to repeal the law.
Of Supply and Demand.
"I'll only take these articles seriously if you try and get James Hansen on to explain the discrepancies in his temperature data."
Lord know, I've tried (sob) ... He never calls ... He never writes ...
Yes, as Malthus himself was big enough to admit, all thing are NOT "being equal".
"So if the total cost to "alleviate poverty and malaria" is only 2.4 billion, I think China can handle it themselves."
Unfortunately it's Africa that has the problem. China is still struggling to emerge from "non-affluence". Half of their population remains mired in "peasantry". China is therefore not willing or even able to lay out billions for that.
It's on us. As the Spider-Man says, "With great power comes great responsibility."