The Green Energy Transition Has an Extractivism Problem

A key component of the current energy transition taking place around the world involves a shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels toward different forms of renewable energy technologies. We’re seeing that trend develop with the uptake of solar and wind power as well as battery storage solutions in many different countries. This is a crucial shift: According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, meeting the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperatures below 2 degrees C of preindustrial levels—and limiting the worse effects of climate change—is going to require increasing the total primary energy supply of renewables from 15 percent in 2015 to 66 percent by 2050 on a global scale.

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