English 11, Section 2542-02
24 November 2008
Has the time come for the world to give up on what it’s relied on the most, fossil fuels? “Oil fuels the modern world. No other substance can equal the enormous impact which the use of oil has had on so many people, so rapidly, in so many ways, and in so many places around the world” (Duplar 1). There are facts showing that fossil fuels are damaging the environment, people’s health, and even our own wallets. People say that we need to go green, and find new energy sources that are affordable, reliable, and don’t damage the environment. These are the first steps towards and cleaner earth, and they are already taking place, but the entire world needs to lend a helping hand in order to solve the global energy crisis. “Procrastination is not an option. Scientist agree if we wait ten, twenty, or fifty years, the problem will be much more difficult to address and the consequences for us will be much that much more serious” (Duplar 2). There is much truth to this; we can already see the harmful effects of fossil fuels on the environment, and example would be global warming, which is the rise in the earth’s temperature. Action must be done immediately, why should future generations suffer for the damage that we have created? People need to start thinking about what is good for the environment and it’s future, for our own good. Due to rising oil prices, depleted sources, and global warming, the time has come to switch from traditional fossil fuels to cleaner, Meyer 2
More affordable, and longer lasting, renewable clean energy, to not only resurrect the economy but to also save the environment before it’s too late.
Fossil fuels have negative effects on the environment and people’s health. “Humans are contributing to global warming by adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere” (Dupler 2). Humans have been contributing to this...