Switching off oil and gas too fast will hurt, not help, the energy transition

In climate circles, ‘energy transition’ is the phrase on everyone’s lips. The global effort to shift energy generation away from polluting fossil fuels to clean, green renewables is as massive a challenge as anything the world has faced.

It isn’t just an abstract future, it’s a transition that has been well under way for decades. Speaking at Chatham House earlier this week, COP26 President Alok Sharma pointed out a sevenfold increase in solar and wind had already occurred over the past decade.

However, the idea that a zero fossil fuels world awaits us in the foreseeable future is a damaging falsehood.

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