It is absolutely possible to end our global reliance on fossil fuels, but it is not very likely that it will happen anytime soon. If we continue to use up fossil fuels at the rate we currently are, we will be forced to rely on other sources of energy because we will have depleted all our non-renewable sources. So it is inevitable that we will have to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels, or at least reduce it dramatically. Change in this grand of a scale will not occur quickly, if it occurs at all, especially since the economy is very much based on these fossil fuels. One country that could act as a beacon of hope and an example to other countries is Denmark. By the year 2050, Denmark intends to be pulling 100% of their energy from renewable energy sources. This seems like a long ways away, but it only goes to show how heavily we rely on fossil fuels today and how hard it will be to make any changes. With any luck at all hopefully Denmark can pave the path for others to follow someday.
I think that it will be a very, very long time before we break our dependence on fossil fuels. We use them because they were abundant and resourceful, but they heavily pollute the earth when burned to obtain their energy. Personally, I think that there is a solid future in nuclear energy, but there is still a lot of research to be done, particularly regarding fusion. I also think that the public needs to be more properly educated on nuclear power, or any energy source for that matter.
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