Sorry that this article is behind the paywall but it might be worth the free trail anyway. It sums up lots of the real-world technological and geopolitical happenings as well as throwing in a few worrying thoughts about how the demise of fossil fuels might affect the nations reliant on them. In short, it's quite positive for the climate, not so great if you're in one of those developing nations (Nigeria, ME, Venezuela, etc and most worryingly, Russia) where the rapid shift away from fossil fuel is going to leave the economies and / or people even further into the toilet. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... rgy-shift/
As a liberal, I liked this bit;
The long view is that rentier petro-states are inimical to democracy, political pluralism, and market creativity. They are inherently corrupt. The sooner they are gone, the better it is for the world and above all for their own people.
This bit reflects the adapted future created by grown ups with technology;
Prof Scholten said we are moving quickly to an unrecognisable global order where there are no longer energy importers and exporters. Most countries will be ‘prosumers’, generating their own needs locally, first with solar, wind, and batteries, and in the next phase with such technologies as green hydrogen. Global energy trade will wither on the vine.
but there's a kicker;
“It is going to get really ugly for the petro-states, and soon. What worries me is that the world will stop caring about the Middle East, and we’ll just have failed states everywhere falling apart,”
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