a shift in understanding of fossil fuels from constructive substances to destructive substances, from necessity to indulgence or even addiction, from a "good" to a "bad", from lifeblood (of modern society) to poison (of a potentially sustainable society) ... delegitimization simply recognizes that a substance once deemed net beneficial can become net detrimental.
conventional environmental arguments do not seem to be enough. What may turn out to be the most significant outcome is a public increasingly open to the possibility of keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
That fossil fuels will be in the ground and stay there when the fossil fuel era ends is beyond doubt. The only question is whether enough will stay to stabilize climate, reverse degrading trends, and avert social calamity ... a politics ... of delegitimizing fossil fuels ... recognizes that once fossil fuels are out of the ground, their by-products will permeate our bodies, the oceans, and the atmosphere and cause catastrophic loss. Those politics and the policies and economies that follow constitute a necessary first step in choosing to end the fossil-fuel era.
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