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Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion cannot wish oil and gas away

Climate activists need to be pragmatic about how much renewables can deliver

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Climate activism has gone mainstream. From 16-year-old Greta Thunberg's tongue-lashing of world leaders at the U.N. for "stealing" her dreams and childhood to the rash of disruptive protests by the Extinction Rebellion activist group across the U.S. and Europe in recent weeks, activists have been banging the drums louder than ever.

In boardrooms, the world's largest hedge funds and pension funds are withdrawing from fossil fuel companies. It is not just businesses involved in the "dirty" coal industry they are divesting from -- oil and gas producers and refiners are also becoming anathema for many investors.

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