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Some inconvenient truths about the energy transition

Bernard L. Weinstein writes in The Hill about some inconvenient truths about the energy transition.

The C3 Take
  • While some activists and policymakers would have you believe that we can transition to a fully renewable grid tomorrow, the fact remains that fossil fuels will continue to play a pivotal role in our energy portfolio for years to come.
  • American fossil fuels are far cleaner than oil and gas produced overseas and can be a critical component of a global emissions reduction strategy.
  • Because there is no silver bullet to addressing climate change, solutions must be technology neutral and include renewables, nuclear power, and traditional fossil fuels.
  • Policymakers must also prioritize solutions that keep energy prices affordable and electricity access reliable.

“Energy and the environment will remain key policy issues — here and abroad — for the foreseeable future. But the appropriate policy response to the environmental consequences of more fossil fuel use should be to explore technologies such as carbon sequestration and methane capture, rather than passing bans on hydraulic fracturing, fighting new pipelines, or requiring new office buildings and homes to be all electric.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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