The Problem with Climate Change: The Other Side of the Story

June 29, 2023
Adrienne St. Clair


As the world grapples with the escalating crisis of climate change, the narrative is often dominated by the urgent call to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. However, there’s another side to the story that is often overlooked. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as of 2020, fossil fuels still accounted for about 80% of the total energy consumption in the United States. This underscores the significant role that fossil fuels play in the economy and the potential implications of a rapid transition away from them.

What does this mean for the American economy, and what are the potential consequences of a hasty transition? These are the questions that Gasonomics, hosted by Tim Snyder, seeks to answer in its latest episode titled “The Problem with Climate Change: The Other Side of the Story.”

In this episode of Gasonomics, host Tim Snyder, Chief Economist with Matador Economics and a Principal and Economist with Exec HQ and Advisory Fund, delves into the complexities of the climate change debate. The discussion revolves around:

  • The role of fossil fuels in the American economy and the potential implications of a rapid transition away from them.
  • The controversial claims made by John Kerry, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, about the number of deaths caused by fossil fuels.
  • The influence of figures like Pope Francis and Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock Investment, on the climate change narrative.

Tim Snyder is a seasoned economist with extensive experience in the energy sector. His insights are informed by his roles at Matador Economics and Exec HQ and Advisory Fund, where he provides economic analysis and advisory services. His unique perspective brings a fresh take on the climate change debate, challenging mainstream narratives and offering a nuanced understanding of the issue.

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