More than 80% of our energy and nearly every product we rely on daily come from fossil fuels. But they’re killing the planet, right?

Wrong.

Data models used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, traditionally a champion for fighting climate change, project that even banning ALL manmade greenhouse gas emissions wouldn’t put a dent in the climate.

Here’s what the Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Induced Climate Change (MAGICC) projects would happen if the United States banned fossil fuels by 2050.

What if the U.S. phased out fossil fuels by 2050?

Emission reductions

100% renewable electricity generation

Degrees Difference in 2100

Emission reductions

Ban all fossil fuels (including cars)

Degrees Difference in 2100

0.126°C

So maybe 2050 isn’t soon enough. What about 2030, as the Green New Deal calls for?

What if the U.S. phased out fossil fuels by 2030?

Emission reductions

100% renewable electricity generation

Degrees Difference in 2100

0.042°C

Emission reductions

Ban all fossil fuels (including cars)

Degrees Difference in 2100

0.139°C

Those who want to ban our most affordable, reliable, abundant source of fuel might be surprised to know that banning fossil fuels and going 100% renewable — if it were even feasible — wouldn’t move the needle.

Despite the apocalyptic headlines circulated in the media and by celebrities like Prince Charles, the best science indicates that our climate is likely to remain moderate and manageable — and even banning all fossil fuels wouldn’t move the needle.

The question remains whether a slight temperature increase is worth strangling our economy and quality of life.


Key Facts
Banning ALL #fossilfuels by 2050 would only cut #climatechange by 0.139°C. Two tenths of a degree isn't worth limiting our #energy, economy, and quality of life.
Despite the apocalyptic headlines circulated in the media and by celebrities, the best science indicates that our #climate is likely to remain moderate and manageable.
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