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There are 2 comments on POV: Takeaways, Hopes, and Disappointments from COP26

  1. Thanks for providing insight as to what BU PhD students thought after attending the COP26 virtually! I too, am hopeful for the future and hope that the US as well as the other countries present hold up their promises. You mentioned that some of the promises lacked urgency such as simply “phasing down” rather than “phasing out” coal and other fossil fuels, however, I think that this is the necessary action when transitioning towards renewable energy sources. Renewables only account for about 20% of the current power generation within the United States, so a transition to only renewables is going to be a long road. The careful wording of “phasing down” was selected as to not make false promises–in the transition the US and other countries will still need to use fossil fuels, just less of them. I agree that climate change demands urgency, and hopefully in the promises to “phase down” and transition towards mostly renewable energy, we can eventually completely phase out fossil fuels.

  2. Thank you so much for attending the conference and providing insight. I think that the “phase down” and “phase out” strategy is very important towards living off renewable energy. However, it is important to acknowledge the fact that many underdeveloped countries need to rely on fossil fuels and coal as forms of energy in order to start a growing economy. That is why the “phase down” strategy is so important. Wealthier and more developed countries need to figure out a way to phase out fossil fuel and coal from their energy sources. Also, I think that younger people being involved in the conversation is very important. The younger generation will feel the impacts in the future of what people of the present are doing now.

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