“We’ll science our way out of global warming.” We hear that all the time from people who don’t quite believe climate change is real and that burning fossil fuels is the cause. Better to wait until the seas close over Miami than to waste time, money, and effort on dealing with the affects of a warming planet now, so the reasoning goes.

When and if it ever gets to crunch time, scientists — who these people loathe — will suddenly come forward with some miraculous invention that will suck all that nasty carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it into rocks or bury it in caves beneath the sea. In any event, life will go on pretty much as it always has and we will all be free to watch endless reruns of Keeping Up With The Kardashians without lifting a finger. Sweet!

Actually, says an international team of researchers, the worst renewable energy investments are equal to the best carbon capture strategies. Their report, published in the journal Nature Energy, says resources that would otherwise be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support them.

Science Daily reports the researchers came from Lancaster University, Khalifa University, Clemson University, UiT The Arctic University and the University of Florence. They calculated the energy needed for carbon capture technologies across a range of fossil fuel power stations — including coal and natural gas.

Read more at Clean Technica