We live on Earth. Continuing the way we are going, gutting her and poisoning her, we only hurt ourselves. But change takes time.
We need to do what we can to protect the environment. Regulations are not a bad thing: only the Bigs want you to think they are because it causes them to lose money.
Eventually going to environmentally more friendly sources of energy is a good thing, and it will not hurt the job market. Miners can work into retirement and/or transition into other industries as well. On the same token, though, we cannot just jump to being green.
As for climate change, it is real. Whether or not you believe it to be mankind's fault isn't necessarily the issue if you look at it this way...
We have 2 choices:
- help the environment
- don't help the environment
What is worse of the following 2 possible scenarios?
- we help the environment to thrive, though the cause is not human.
- we don't help the environment, and it is indeed humanity at the source.