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While fossil fuels are critical for the operation of our world their inefficiency and environmentally damaging characteristics take away from their appeal. Currently there are no suitable alternatives to our natural resources because they supply such a large amount of energy to so many people. Because of this research is being conducted to make our resources more efficient, and to find alternatives. This essay addresses the environmental impacts of our fossil fuels.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FOSSIL FUELS

Our world relies on fossil fuels. They are essential to our everyday lives; without these fuels we would not be able to run our cars, heat our homes, or have electricity. These fossil fuels, oil, natural gas, and coal are beneficial and make our everyday lives easier. Positive aspects result from fossil fuels, but at the same time there are severe negative impacts on the environment. Everyone has heard these discussions of positive and negative effects on the environment. We all knew prior to this Energy and the Environment class that the burning of fossil fuels causes serious harm to the environment and the combustion of these fuels is largely to blame for the greenhouse effect. What is it that actually harms our environment? This question was answered for me only after I had taken this course.ossil fuels have a significant effect on the global environment. Fossil fuels cause harm to the environment through its recovery, transportation, refining, storage, combustion phases (biomass 3/20/05). When fossil fuels are recovered, for instance oil, the topsoil of the earth is destroyed; during the transportation period you run the risk of oil spills which can virtually destroy certain animal habitats; during petroleum refining there is air and water pollution; with storing fossil fuels you run the risk of leaks and contamination of drinking water; lastly during the burning of these fuels there is an emission of carbon dioxide and sulfur oxide which are referred to as

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