A Short Video Introduction to Fossil Fuels!
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What is "all the fuss" about, anyway?
Extracting mineral and fossil-fuel resources has always had widespread effects. These include economic benefits to communities, including jobs and taxes, and the resulting resources are used around the world. Extraction can also cause major health and environmental impacts to individuals and communities, many of whom do not share in the benefits.
FOSSIL FUELS - What is all the fuss about?
Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—supply over 80% of the energy used in North America. The world's richest countries use the vast majority of non-renewable energy resources on the planet. Fossil-fuel resources are concentrated in only a few countries.
Fossil fuels are nonrenewable resources.
Why can’t we just “make more”?
Although natural processes are still forming fossil fuels, they are forming far too slowly (on a scale of millions of years) to replace the fossil-fuel reserves we are using. Fossil-fuel formation does not keep pace with use, and as fossil fuels are used up, we will have to switch to other forms of energy.
Definition of fossil fuels-
The Carboniferous Era
The Carboniferous Era spanned from 359 million to 299 million years ago.
NOT ALL PREHISTORIC PLANTS TURNED INTO FOSSIL FUELS
Ancient Oil & Gas
FOSSIL FUELS, THE CARBON CYCLE, AND CLIMATE
What is COAL?
What is coal?
What is Natural Gas?
In April 2010, over 4 million barrels of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform. An underwater pipeline exploded killing 11 workers. Crude oil contaminated the ocean floor and the coast of the southern United States, killing wildlife and causing extensive ecological damage.