At the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, there seemed to be spat between Greta and Donald though they did not meet.
As far as I can see one is “Drill, baby, drill”. and the other is stop using oil now i.e yesterday.
This article highlights the issues oil companies face, which are considerable.
The end is most interesting as it lays out the problems of going renewable ASAP along with electric cars. The obstacles to the energy transition are not the amount of wind or sun, or whether devices can be made to trap the energy, or the design of electric vehicles. The technology may be available now, but that does not make it possible.
It boils down to the availability of the metals required to do this. Here Richard Herrington just mentions cobalt and Copper
Richard Herrington, head of earth sciences at London’s National History Museum also said a speedy energy transition may simply be impossible.
“If the UK were to turn tomorrow all of its cars into electric ones, we would need twice the world annual cobalt and half of annual copper production,” he said. “You can imagine what happens if you scale it up to the whole world.”
He mentions only the UK, but the mind boggles at how many extra mines would be needed to provide just the copper and cobalt. Herrington made no mention of other metals needed , like Lithium.
Trust a geologist to make us face reality!
However I think we could do it in UK as there is a superb porphyry Copper deposit be the gorgeous Llyn Crafnant north of Betws y Coed in Snowdonia. This was successfully opposed in the 1970s, but because of the Climate Emergency I am sure all green groups would support it today .
We would see the area including Betws y Coed changing from this
(Bingham Copper mine, Utah. )
I am sure all green groups want to see this transformation of Snowdonia National Park