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Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

The contrarian view

Despite this, some analysts question whether the energy transition will really be as important as expected. Those in this camp hold a range of different views. At one extreme are those who still deny the reality of climate change, and therefore minimise the need for a transition to cleaner fuels. They see no reason to believe that the age of fossil fuels, the internal combustion engine, mass motor car ownership, and widespread plastic products usage is coming to an end. Others, however, fully accept that climate change is real and will require a response, but, rather like BP’s ‘business as usual’ scenario, are sceptical about society’s ability and political will to rapidly change its patterns of energy use. There is clearly a long way to go: in 2018, 81% of the world’s energy still came from fossil fuels.

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