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I am professional energy journalist, writer and editor who has been chronicling the renewables and fossil fuel energy sectors since 2008.  I am passionate about the energy transition, so much so...

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When the economy booms, so do anthropogenic emissions of climate-warming gases. This year, the inverse happened. To keep its social licence the energy transition must decouple GDP growth from CO2 emissions, because recent history tells us that our collective reluctance to sacrifice our living standards will stand firm even if the alternative is to slowly sacrifice the climate—and all the ecosystems that depend upon it.

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Matt Chester on Oct 28, 2020

To keep its social licence the energy transition must decouple GDP growth from CO2 emissions, because recent history tells us that our collective reluctance to sacrifice our living standards will stand firm even if the alternative is to slowly sacrifice the climate—and all the ecosystems that depend upon it.

Precisely stated, Sebastian. There's also the larger conversation to be had about the goals of perpetual economic growth at all costs, but that's a whole other can of beans to open!

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