Cole's larger point is that switching to alternative energy sources is demonstrably possible in advanced industrial economies.
In China, the urgency of raising peasant masses out of enduring, terrible poverty turns the country toward coal and growing emissions.
But in the United States, progress on averting climate change is stymied by political gridlock and lack of will. Our inheritors will marvel at our folly.
Despite every other legitimate concern, we cannot ignore that our economic and social system is rapidly making the planet less habitable. So I will be posting "Warming Wednesdays" -- unpleasant reminders of an inconvenient truth.