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Jakarta Post

Quick shift to fossil fuel-free world, misguided dream

  • Jay Lehr and Tom Harris


Ottawa, Canada   /   Thu, July 11, 2019   /  12:31 pm
Quick shift to fossil fuel-free world, misguided dream Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - known as the Group of Seven (G7) - pledged in 2016 to phase out their support for fossil fuels by 2025. (Shutterstock/File)

Listening to climate change activists, one gets the impression that we could transition to a fossil fuel-free world in the near future. Besides the virtual impossibility of quickly moving away from coal, oil and natural gas, the source of 85 percent of global primary energy, we need to ask, do we really want to do this? That the average person finds it difficult to do a sensible cost-benefit analysis is not surprising. Practically all we hear about fossil fuels from mainstream media, government and special interest groups is their supposed cost, but not their very real and important benefits. Leading the list of alleged problems is that carbon dioxide ( CO2 ) emissions from using these fuels will heat the atmosphere over the next century and create disastrous consequences. Most people recognize that the weather bureau cannot accurately predict our weather a week in advance. Yet, we...

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