Why Are Fossil Fuels So Hard To Quit?
We all understand that humanity’s use of fossil fuels is severely damaging our environment. They cause pollution and cause lasting harm to the climate of our planet. Nonetheless, meaningfully changing our ways has been very difficult.
With billions of people recently under stay-at-home orders and economic activity plunging worldwide, the demand for and price of oil have fallen further and faster than ever before. Meanwhile, 2020 annual greenhouse gas emissions are forecast to decline between 4 – 7% as a result of the virus’ effects, and some of the world’s smoggiest cities are currently enjoying clear skies.
Samantha Gross’s recent publication outlines how energy density and convenience drove fossil fuel growth while suggesting our biggest challenges are political: