All the talk of replacing oil within a generation is utterly unrealistic.
This segment of What’s Ahead points out that more than 6,000 products are petroleum-based, ranging from refrigerators, computers, insecticides and soft contact lenses to ballpoint pens, purses, deodorants, lipsticks, perfumes and toothbrushes and toothpastes.
Moreover, actually replacing fossil fuels would be an environmental disaster. To mine the necessary minerals would mean tearing up millions of acres of pristine land and destroying the biodiversity therein.
There is also the inconvenient fact that manufacturing the wind turbines, solar panels and batteries would require using immense amounts of nonrenewable materials. Steel is not renewable. Not to mention the huge waste crisis we’d face in 20 years when all those batteries, wind turbines and solar panels wear out.