Future generations "will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." —Pres. Theodore Roosevelt.
We're like the overweight patient that goes to the doctor and learns his cholesterol is too high. He doesn't die immediately—but until he changes his lifestyle and gets back down to the safe zone, he's at more risk from heart attack or stroke. If we're already past 350 [ppm CO2], are we all doomed? No.
With "Cradle to Cradle" design, every waste product is raw material for the next process.
In 2010, 37 governments spent $409bn on artificially lowering the price of fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency. This makes fossil fuels cheaper and slows down the transition to low-emission alternatives.
The U.S. is sitting on a vast, untapped reserve of cheap, clean energy: the energy lost every day to leakage, outdated infrastructure and old habits. We are the Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.