"Renewables would be fine in the context of a general recognition that fossil fuels can no longer be extracted, and that energy consumption must drop to a fraction of current use (particularly in industrialized countries). Without that context, all you get from renewables is additional energy capacity fueling more cancerous economic growth. Until the faith in endless growth is extinguished, renewables do absolutely nothing to reduce fossil fuel consumption."
These truths cannot be repeated too often. Far too many prefer to allow their minds to dwell ONLY on futures that include mass over-production, mass over-consumption, and mass profiteering, with no disruption to the flip-a-switch, jump-in-a-car "lifestyle" to which so many millions are accustomed; nor any disruption to the "free market" billionaires' banquet / licensed looting that a far smaller number of humans enjoy.
Humans initiated a mass extinction that was WELL UNDERWAY since BEFORE climate chaos kicked in. Populations of land animals on Earth have been CUT IN HALF, over just the past 45 years, caused by the massive human assault against the ecology.
The PRIMARY FOCUS of ALL human endeavors in this present mega-crisis needs to be thoroughly restructuring "the economy" on ecological principles, and ENDING the massive human assault against the ecology.
There's a lot of essentially magical thinking going on, like the famous cartoon: "Then, a miracle occurs." The human economy has dismembered the ecology, chopped it into millions of pieces BEFORE CLIMATE CHAOS, and caused the death of half the animal life on the planet (with similar impacts on sea animals).
Now that climate chaos has hit, the crisis is multiplied, but not to worry: "A miracle occurs!" Renewables heal the planet, while the economy CONTINUES TO ACCELERATE its extraction, production, consumption, and profiteering! No need for an "all hands on deck" society-wide emergency response. Want to fix the climate? Go shopping! Want to save the animals? Go shopping! No need to change your life, your work, your home; just change the energy grid and it's all good.
It is by no means all good. The omnicide is not simply caused by greenhouse gases, and it won't be stopped or even slowed by electric cars.
We need holistic, whole-systems thinking about the nature and causes of the metastasizing mega-crisis of ecological dis-integration. We need holistic, whole-systems assessments of what "the economy" needs to be going forward. And we need way more blunt honesty about what that means for all of us humans, in our varying relationships to "the economy."