Column / Harder Line

The world needs clean coal but can't get it

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Fossil fuels accounted for 81% of the world's energy consumption in 1987. Thirty years later it's still 81%.

Why that matters: This data point, shared with me by the chief of the International Energy Agency during an interview last week in Washington, shows why technology making fossil fuels cleaner is desperately needed to address climate change. Coal, oil and natural gas aren't going anywhere, no matter the strides the world makes in renewables and other energy sources.