FOR BANNING FOSSIL FUELS

AGAINST BANNING FOSSIL FUELS

1. Banning fossil fuels will help mitigate the effects of climate change

Fossil fuels are by far the largest driver of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that it is impossible to continue using fossil fuels and avert climate catastrophe. The only way to save the planet is therefore to ban fossil fuels and adopt renewable energy.

1. Banning fossil fuels will lead to job losses

Millions of people globally depend on the fossil fuel industry for their survival. Many of these people have highly specialised, non-transferable skills and live in predominately fossil fuel mining areas. This could lead to mass job losses in many countries, where entire areas are left in long-term, structural unemployment.

2. Banning fossil fuels will be good for the environment

The process of mining for fossil fuels takes a huge toll on our natural environment. Land degradation, resulting from the vast infrastructure required for the production of fossil fuels, destroys biodiversity, soil and landscapes. Additionally, water pollution destroys ocean ecosystems and contaminates drinking water. Banning fossil fuels would allow the land and oceans to recover.

2. Banning fossil fuels will increase electricity prices in the short term

Fossil fuels are cheaper to produce than renewable energy sources. If we ban fossil fuels, the costs of electricity and the costs of heating our homes will rise. This will unfairly affect the poorest people, who pay a larger proportion of their income on electricity and are most sensitive to changes in prices.

3. Banning fossil fuels will be good for our health

The majority of premature deaths from air pollution are as a result of fossil fuels. Phasing out fossil fuels would prevent the deaths of 3.5 million people a year. On top of this, the money governments and individuals would save in healthcare spending is much greater than the costs of mitigating climate change in line with the Paris Agreement.

3. Banning fossil fuels will unfairly disadvantage poorer countries

Wealthier states have already benefited from the cheaper costs associated with burning fossil fuels. It is unfair to apply the same standards to poorer countries.

4. Banning fossil fuels will create political instability

Many countries and regions are hugely dependent upon fossil fuels for their livelihood. Removing this key industry will create political instability and potentially civil unrest.

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