If there had been no fossil fuels would we be here?
Fossil fuels were such an important part of the 20th century, that I’m wondering whether we would ever have reached the current population and technology without them.
They’ve powered our vehicles, allowed us to have lighting, television, phones, and computers. They’ve fertilized our crops, protected them from varmints, taken then to market, cooked them, and kept them frozen. They’ve made it possible for us to smelt metals, fuse glass, and create a range of plastics.
If there had never been oil, coal, or natural gas, it certainly would have taken longer to get her, but I’m wondering if we would have been able to get here at all.
What’s your best guess?