Why do we use fossil fuels and why are they so hard to quit?

A view shows emissions from the smoke stack of the Electricite de France (EDF) coal-fired power plant in Cordemais near Nantes, France, January 20, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Fossil fuels built the modern world and brought us conveniences that we now take for granted, but science has made it clear that we need to move away from fossil fuels to prevent the worst effects of climate change. However, the energy system is the backbone of the global economy, and changing it quickly is a huge task. In this episode of Climate Sense, Samantha Gross speaks with Daniel Yergin about our energy system—how we got here and the challenges in moving to a new, greener energy system.