Dr. Saleemul Huq on tranistioning to a post-fossil fuel economy
WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in Cancun, Mexico on a Fellowship from Earth Journalism News covering the United Nations Global Climate Summit. Today he spoke with Dr. Saleemul Huq on the inevitability of transitioning to a post fossil fuel economy.
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"In my view, the problem now has shifted to a much greater, longer term issue than just merely dealing with the pollution. It's about how the global economy as a whole weans itself off the dependence on fossil fuels, like coal, oil, and gas which we've had for the last century and a half and goes into a new era which might be termed the post fossil fuel era over the next ten, twenty years. That's the sort of time window we have to do that. And countries across the globe, from big countries like China, medium sized countries like South Korea, to tiny countries like Maldives are making that transition. They have decided that that is the right thing to do, that is where the future lies, and they see the writing on the wall and they are preparing themselves for it. Other countries may take a little longer to get there but sooner or later everybody is going to get there and they are going to realize that the era of the fossil fuel will have to go like the era of the horse and buggy when cars started or the era of the sail ship went when steam ship started. It is really a sea change in the global economy that will take place in our lifetimes over the next decade or two."