I read your comment on Mud's blog, and first of all, thank you for thinking I'm the brightest "LIV" in the bunch.
As for passing on a world to my children that is ruined, do some research on Mud's story. He conveniently omitted the pollution data on rare earth oxides. Have you ever seen a movie where the "man" is burying toxic waste? That waste comes from rare earth, not oil or coal. I do believe we can do a better job of protecting our planet, but I don't believe "green" energy is the answer. Personally, I am in favor of going back to a 1700 energy plan - cut your own firewood and raise your own food. Build your own shelter, educate your own children. Fight your own enemies. Simple times. But then, I have an advantage in that scenario - I have all the necessary skills to thrive in that environment.
Pollution is not forever, Jeff. As soon as we stop polluting, Mother Nature starts to clean up after us. The planet is a remarkable, living thing. We are insignificant, like a summer cold. The Earth will shake us off, and go on without us. But for each other, we should limit our impact as much as is practical. Stopping the use of "fossil" fuels before we have a suitable, lesser polluting replacement is foolish.
And as for the side note to uptheflag, are you referring to the governments of Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, and now Libya? I guess we should all be a little more careful about what we wish for, eh?