The greatest barriers to clean energy are political, not technical—and these barriers are largely fueled by the oil industry. We know that in order to achieve a clean energy future, we have to expose and eradicate the political influence of the oil industry; we have to achieve a separation of oil & state.
In many parts of the world, the easy to access oil, gas and coal resources are running dry. So as global demand grows, the fossil fuel industry is pushing into resources that are harder to extract. This can mean drilling in water thousands of feet deep or mining for tar sands in Canada. It can mean drilling in the fragile and remote Arctic oceans or leveling entire Appalachian mountain tops to access coal.
Around the world, governments and public finance institutions continue to subsidize fossil fuels. It’s time to shift support to an energy system that provides clean energy and universal energy access for the poor.