Fossil Fuels Essay

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Fossil Fuels Essay

By | April 2012
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The Crisis with Fossil Fuels

Have you ever thought about where your electricity comes from? What the petroleum your car runs on is made of? What produces all the energy you see? Coal, oil, and natural gas make up the list of major fossil fuels. Almost all energy produced in the United States comes from burning these highly important fuels. That energy powers almost all of our electricity and all of our transportation. We as the people of this very planet are currently in a crisis because fossil fuels are non-renewable; once they are gone, they are gone. There is no chance of recreating them for more use. To be able to rest easy about losing these fossil fuels, alternative fuel sources need to be found that can substitute efficiently and effectively. “Fossil fuels are very important they give us energy for many things.” (Storad 11) So how exactly are these special fossil fuels formed? Fossil fuels take millions of years to make, but burn and disappear in seconds. Once they are used, they can’t be reused. Though it this crisis seems inevitable people including I, have irretrievably damaged the planet by extracting and burning these fuels. Fossil fuels are called so, because they have been derived from fossils, which were formed millions of years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. They are fossilized organic remains that over millions of years have been converted to oil, gas, and coal. Because their formation takes so long, these sources are also called non-renewable. These fuels are made up of decomposed (to separate into constituent parts or elements or into simpler compounds Merriam-Webster) plant and animal matter. When plants, dinosaurs, and other ancient creatures died, they decomposed and were buried, one layer on top of another layer each under the ground. Their decomposed remains gradually changed over the years. Coal is found on land and is a solid while oil is found in the seas as a liquid. Natural gas is found during the production of oil and...