MINOT, N.D. — If the only data you had to go on were the rhetoric of popular politics, you would think that we were well on our way to transitioning from fossil fuel energy to renewables like wind and solar.
The perception, perpetuated by activists and commentators and a certain brand of politician, is that fossil fuels are irrelevant in the modern economy.
They’re old and busted. No longer needed or wanted. The future, they tell us, is solar and wind.
But if we look at where the energy that keeps your air conditioner running, and your lights burning, and maybe even your electric car charging, it’s not wind and solar.
Not even close.