we know how to clean burn stuff with better gassification right back from when we started grinding coal into dust, even the little camping wood burners understand burning the 'smoke'. we have understood clean coal for 40 years with better filters to catch any nasties some of which is quite usefull.To be fair i agree with a lot of the power generation and other stuff here.
However what about Bio-Digestion as a source of clean(-ish ) methane to burn....
All the paper and card refuse this and other countries produce? We could easily and cleanly digest it and cheaply as it is in huge quantities - better than landfill.
All the waste wood - again bio-digest for methane
Sewage - almost limitless quantities from us humans - bio-digest and save rivers etc. for methane.
responses on a postage stamp
all the plastics waste should be recycled - back into oil, it can be pressure cooked into viable diesel and petrol - there's a garage owner in the Philippines (iirc) who is doing it small scale and using street urchins to collect all the street rubbish up. I've thought for a long time that we need to be mining our rubbish dumps because they way they are made means they will never decompose so should be dealt with properly. a fraction of the wasted computer model money should have gone to proper eco projects that create third world jobs rather than first world profits - de desertification projects to stablise the sahara and even central spain/portugal, cleaning up the aral sea and pacific garbage patche. we also need to enforce marine reserves to restock the oceans, the increase in CO2 has boosted phytoplankton so the base of ocean life is safe, we are just wrecking the rest of it.
Methane is officially a greenhouse gas although they do not have any real proof over this because it is an even smaller percentage than CO2 - all the fuss over defrosting tundra releasing billions of tons of methane fails to mention that once defrosted those same peat bogs process 10x the amount making peat.
one thing we have plenty off right now is natural gas, 20 years ago the germans looked at ways of compressing your own house gas into tanks to power your car or motorcycle. - not as much money in that approach it seems.
one of the most efficient uses of wind power is to make hydrogen out of it.
I read a study years ago that because of the CO2 multiplier effect we could burn every last ounce of fossil fuel and only increase the global temp by 2 degrees, but seeing as the historical global average is 22 degrees we have a long way to go from the 14.1 degrees we currently sit at - although seeing as an ice age is officially 12.7 degrees we are closer to the last ice age and I would expect it to keep warming up for some time yet but only blaming man for it is just lazy. we are messing the place up and we can do things to alter the local weather patterns if we undo some of that damage but we cannot magically cool the place down again to satisfy a warped self serving agenda.
the science needs to be truthful again but there is too much money in it so they keep pushing results that they cannot even repeat. Micheal Mann deleted his hockey stick data when the senate demanded access to it. the scientific fraud is off the scale. universities are addicted to the money which is why they always say they need more to study it a bit further.
if the science was settled then according to Al Gore extinction rebellion would either be protesting under water or dancing on a glacier in london 13 years ago.