- The same applies to every other type of user of any and all the fossil fuels.
- All the clever and clean stuff that is coming on stream now is supplying energy in addition to – not instead of – oil, coal and gas.
- Our consumption of them is at an all-time high and it is rising exponentially.
- Right now we are in the midst of yet another UN Climate Change Conference – the 19th summit of its kind that will, once again, fail to provide an answer to the problem of global warming.
About 40 years ago, the search for renewable fuels to power motor vehicles went into overdrive because the world’s oil was running out.
Today, the search is even more urgent because the world has got too much oil (and coal and gas). If we burn it all, it will generate enough
greenhouse gas (principally carbon dioxide, CO2) to cause catastrophic climate change. Every serious scientist, economist and politician must know that.
Technically, we are well able convert to alternative energy sources. We already know how to develop a range of clean renewables (nuclear, hydro, solar, wind, tidal, biofuel etc) that could meet all our energy needs and we will surely discover and harness plenty more.
But even if every motor vehicle in the world (there are more than a billion) could be instantly converted to electric power tomorrow, it would not cut the emission of greenhouse gases nor reduce climate change by one atom.
That’s because the oil no longer consumed by cars would still be burnt by other users.
The same applies to every other type of user of any and all the fossil fuels. All the clever and clean stuff that is coming on stream now is supplying energy in addition to – not instead of – oil, coal and gas. Our consumption of them is at an all-time high and it is rising exponentially.