Can We Actually Stop Using Fossil Fuels? • Discoverology

Can We Actually Stop Using Fossil Fuels?

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Even some of the people who favor wind, solar, and hydro think total reliance on it is a bad idea. Is it smart—or crazy stupid—to rely solely on wind, solar, and hydro?

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