The quote below is attributed to Thomas Edison, and as far as I can determine, it’s legitimate:
“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy--sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
Edison was one of the most brilliant human beings who ever lived. We should at least be smart enough to consider his advice. No one can realistically claim that we can currently harness enough solar and/or wind power to replace all coal power plants or quickly abandon the use of other fossil fuels, but we can—and should—invest in clean power technology to eventually replace fuels that pollute.