The majority of the planet’s fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if the world wants even half a chance — literally — at meeting its most ambitious climate targets. A new study published yesterday in the journal Nature found that 60 percent of oil and natural gas, and a whopping 90 percent of coal, must remain unextracted and unused between now and 2050 in order for the world to have at least a 50 percent shot at limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. ...
In the United States, the study suggests that 31 percent of oil reserves, 52 percent of natural gas and 97 percent of coal must stay in the ground. These cuts are already steep. But it’s likely that the study has underestimated the challenge, the authors warn.
Marc Morano, the publisher of the skeptical Climate Depot, said that the real question was whether the CCC would “lose the ‘R’ in ‘Climate Corps’ and become ‘Climate Cops’ and start admonishing people, knocking hamburgers out of their mouths at a park or telling them they shouldn’t own a pet dog?”
“This could go in a whole bunch of different ways,” he said. “But bottom line, this has nothing to do with the climate. It’s not going to stop the Biden administration from trying to push the UN Paris Agreement on us. It’s just another nonsense, government job instead of actually creating wealth and giving people real opportunities.”