There are still advantages (mostly economic ones) of non-renewable energy. These advantages are exactly the reason we aren’t switching energy sources more readily. The biggest advantage to the petroleum based energy system we have now is the cost. We have perfected the technology to harvest this energy source already, we spent a few hundred years perfecting it in fact. An the advantage is infrastructure. We already have all the coal power plants, filling stations, pipelines, and combustion engines out there and in use. It costs money and resources to retire equipment before its time is over. Money many people are not willing to lose on switching to renewables.
Switching to renewable is not only the right choice, but one that will be made or us when the petroleum gets too hard to obtain. It would be easier for us in the long run to make the transition while we still can.
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