To what extent is society locked in to the use of fossil fuels?

As usual you should begin by explaining key terms, which in this case forms a central part of the essay answer. You will need to define market based and regulatory, giving examples. In fact even market-based instruments are designed through regulations (a point worth making) but the question assumes a commonly held political distinction between regulations which prescribe particular outcomes in terms of performance or technology used and market-based instruments that leave it to individual companies to make decisions on the basis of the financial pull of the market trading.

You will need to go through the arguments on both sides of this debate, using some examples. Then you can have a discussion about the merits and reach a conclusion that answers the question.

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