One hesitates to agree with the CEO of a major oil company, but … I can’t really figure where Jeroen van der Veer, head of Royal Dutch Shell, is wrong in all this. He says:

  • Energy demand is growing, and is likely to double by 2050.
  • Oil and gas are going to become more difficult to reach.
  • Coal will kill us.
  • Even optimistic estimates for renewables — say, growing from 1% to 30% in the world energy balance — still leaves a hell of a lot of fossil fuels being used.

His conclusion? There’s no substitute for energy efficiency.

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Maybe he could head up to D.C. and persuade our legislators to hop on the clue train.

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