The greenhouse effect is not a difficult scientific concept to grasp. The first to suggest this process was a Swedish scientist named Svante Arrhenius way back in 1896.
The simplicity of the physical concept is as apparent as is the complexity of the economic ramifications are in arresting it.
Every barrel of oil has the energy equivalent of about 6000 man hours of Labour. So you can accomplish the equivalent work result from a single barrel of oil for about fifty dollars that you would get from a single worker working forty hour work weeks for three years. The lack of economic competitiveness is further exaggerated by the difference in the rate of accomplishments between oil fueled machinery and human muscle power.
The overlooked condition that we are also facing is an over abundance of Labour caused by automation and the expansion in the use of oil powered machinery. Given this circumstance we could begin the process of converting to renewable energies to remediate the release of even more green house gases and couple this with decreasing oil use in favor of manpower over machinery. If done correctly the oversupply of Labour and Unemployment, and global warming could be simultaneously remediated!