Re: Whiplash at the petrol station?
Doing nothing now and waiting for the "better technology" to come along?
What if that better technology never comes along at the right time? Sure, in 20 years we might have a better technology, but now it has to do twice as much work because we kept on the way we are. But that better technology can't handle twice as much work, it could have handled what the state was 20 years prior, but not what it is now (the now of 20 years in the future).
So, let's wait until the next better technology comes along that can clean up what we have at this point that this new technology can't now. 20 years after that, same problem. So we wait, again...
Doing what we can now to reduce the impact on the future, to reduce what we have to clean up when we do get better technologies seems like a good idea to me.
Not to mention we will have to live in the world between now and when some hoped-for saviour future technology arrives, and I'd rather live in the best environment we can arrange to make now, than live in an even worse one while waiting for this saviour technology.