The New Climate Math: Energy Addition, Subtraction, and Transition
The world has never truly undergone an energy transition, and the challenge of climate change will—for the first time—require one.
- Though renewable energy is growing, the world has not begun a transition away from fossil fuels.
- The world has experienced a series of energy additions; new fuels have built atop the old for more than 200 years.
- Projections show that renewables largely add to today’s energy incumbents, rather than displacing them.
- To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, new energy technologies will need to both add and subtract from today’s energy mix.
Richard G. Newell
President and CEO, Resources for the Future
Dr. Richard G. Newell is the President and CEO of Resources for the Future. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, the agency responsible for official US government energy statistics and analysis.
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