Old energy

BP consortium wins historic deal for Iraqi oil | Business

This is an interesting story. But I’m most interested by a single phrase in it that I’ve not run into before: “old energy”. A descriptor for fossil fuels.

Could just calling something “old energy” be a key step in a psychological shift away from greenhouse gas-producing energy? I have an instinct it might be. Let’s carry on calling it “old energy”.

Try it out:

“Of course, that’s old energy.”

“They rely on old energy for their business, you know.”

“They’re still old-energy dependent.”

Let’s hold thumbs for the power of language.


About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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