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COP27 – What’s the deal with mining and renewable energy? (No, fossil fuels are NOT better)

Which requires more mining — fossil fuels or clean energy?

The short answer to this question is that fossil fuels require much more mining and drilling than clean energy technologies. Today the world mines 8 billion tons of coal every year, whereas the clean energy transition is estimated to require around 3.5 billion tons of minerals in total over the next three decades.

Are electric vehicles (EVs) better for the environment?

Based on today’s average U.S. power grid mix, driving an EV generates greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an 88-mile-per-gallon (mpg) gasoline-fueled car.

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