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BOOKS: A skeptical look at the global green agenda

In his new book, energy expert Daniel Yergin argues that the rise of Asia will reinforce the future of fossil fuels

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An insider's insider in the energy field, Daniel Yergin writes in his latest book that oil will remain "the primary fuel that makes the world go around.” (Amazon, Getty Images)

"Over 80% of the world's people have never been in an airplane. 'Flight shaming' may be a social mode in Sweden, population 10 million, but China, population 1.5 billion, is building eight new airports a year."

That quotation is typical of the tough-minded, realistic approach that Daniel Yergin adopts in "The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations." The book is perfectly timed. Incoming U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged to take his country back into the Paris Agreement on climate change and is expected to put green investment schemes at the center of his economic recovery program.

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