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Not sure why you were downvoted. You're entirely right. Oil is incredibly destructive for the environment and society, yet it's accepted because that's just how things are.

Our entire civilization runs on energy, mostly from coal and oil. Until recently it was not feasible to use alternatives. Change takes time.

"Recently" was — conservatively — thirty or forty years ago.

Time which we might not have, especially given the political pushback.

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