Dismantling the Fossil Fuel Era



In  Chap. 4 it was noted in passing, that the evolution of advanced market economies based, not on fossil fuels, but on renewable energy, was certainly a feasible option for mankind and could undoubtedly have been initiated almost two centuries ago. However, once substantial deposits of coal had been discovered, the adoption of the fossil fuel route to ‘civilisation’ was inevitable. Since then, despite strong and clear scientific warnings, from as early as 1900, that over reliance on fossil fuel burning for much of our energy needs would lead inexorably to serious ecological ramifications for the planet, mankind persevered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering and Physical ScienceHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUK

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