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Op-Ed from ENSC 230. Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Agricultural Economics, Fall 2023.
Fossil fuels have been essential to the living standards enjoyed by the industrialized and developed world. Since the Industrial Revolution, non-renewable sources, including coal, oil, and natural gas, have been our first choice in energy generation. Fossil fuels have also become appealing to developing nations, as they require inexpensive sources of energy to increase their standards of living. These factors contribute to fossil fuels comprising over 80 percent of the current global primary energy demand, undeniably making them a vital part of our daily lives. The necessity for upcoming change in energy production does not require the exclusion of fossil fuels, but rather a change in direction for their future. Abandoning our use of fossil fuels is an unrealistic expectation for our society.