You are correct that fossil fuels are not consumed evenly across the world. In the USA, for example, the average person has 187 fossil fuel serfs. But even in China, the average person has 67 fossil fuel serfs, in Egypt 28, and in India 17.
The world is still reliant on fossil fuels, sadly.
You say it’s easy to make clean energy? Not so. Solar and wind are great, but are flawed as stand-alone energy sources. First, they require huge fossil fuel inputs. For example, wind turbines require heavy equipment powered by oil to dig their foundations, kilns fired with natural gas to bake the concrete, and steel towers forged with coal. Second, they are intermittent. When it’s dark or unwindy, then either i) huge batteries would be required to store power, but they don’t yet exist commercially, or ii) solar and wind have to be complemented by other sources of power, like natural gas or coal. Nuclear should be part of the answer and works very well with solar and wind, but many countries don’t trust nuclear or are scaling it down.
If the world cuts back on fossil fuels quickly, then the world economy would stop growing and probably start contracting. Poor people in poor countries would be condemned to poverty, with no way out. At the same time, you are right that they will suffer if we don’t transition to green energy asap.
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