Pros and Cons of Fossil Fuels


This increasing energy demand has been met by an ever increasing supply of fossil fuel energy. Fossil fuels are the most prominent energy source in our world today. The effects of fossil fuels are well known, as is their effect on the environment.

Why We Are Addicted To Fossil Fuels

Living Green & Saving Energy

Why We Are Addicted To Fossil Fuels, explaining our addition to fossil fuels is easy. Biofuels alternative energy green technology renewable energy energy content energy density of materials fossil fuelsThey contain a lot of energy. Biofuels offer hope as a replacement.

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Renewable Energy To Compete With Fossil Fuel Energy By 2025?

Living Green & Saving Energy

A recent report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory infers that renewable energy would become cost competitive with fossil fuel based energy by 2025. alternative energy reduce fossil fuels renewable energy green energy saving energy wind energy This target would be achieved without federal subsidies if the green energy is harvested in most productive areas. This report can be analyzed in terms of the market perspective and [.].

Why Do We Still Use Fossil Fuels & Can Non-Renewable Sources of Energy Be Replaced?


The world has a crippling dependence on fossil fuels and this dependence on coal, oil and natural gas is one of the largest causes to arguably the biggest problem facing earth today: climate change. percent of the country’s electricity originated from fossil fuel combustion [1,2].

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The Other Dangers of Fossil Fuels

Environmental News Network

It’s a tired, but bon a fide storyline: we have to reduce our fossil fuel usage. Transforming unaltered materials like coal into usable fuel is an unfortunately imprecise process. Many predictions have been made about fossil fuels. The scariest thing about those prospects is entering into a coal-less, oil-less world without an alternative. Fossil fuels are a boiling topic for diplomatic relations. World fuel image via

Clean tech is better for economic growth than fossil fuels (take that, Big Oil!)

Green (Living) Review

alternative energy green living renewable energy Anti-greens often try to make economic arguments against the big spring-cleaning that our civilization is going through. How dare we invest in clean technology ? Don''t we know that it''s bad for the economy! That all these green things will always be expensive, etc, etc. Sorry, did I spill some knowledge? Well, it turns out that investments in clean tech can actually be quite good for the economy.

The problems with our fossil fuel economy

Green (Living) Review

We are talking fossil fuels in general. Oil too is on its last legs – as regards supplies, probably, even if it may last for another hundred year or so, as the geologists stated – and it is definitely not sustainable as fuel, same as coal. The oil industry was it also that has prevented us getting alternative energy sources developed. This proves the point that the burning of coal is not clean, not by a long shot, and neither is the burning of fuel oil.

Fossil fuel expansion is a crime against humanity

Green Blog

Marc Lee who is the senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and chair of the Progressive Economics Forum writes in one of his latest articles that we should see fossil fuel expansion as a crime against humanity. Nor would I punish regular folks (including me) who burn fossil fuels because of the structure of the world we live in and the lack of alternatives.

Doha Climate Conference: Beyond Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

Sierra Club Compass

COP18: Why Im Helping from Home and How You Can Join Me » Doha Climate Conference: Beyond Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy. They are often modular, flexible and more quickly deployed than centralized fossil fuel technologies. Natural Gas has a very limited lifespan as a stand-alone fuel given that its combustion emissions are inconsistent with the UNFCCC goal to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius. View an alternate. Dirty Fuels. Compass.

Biofuel Breakthrough? Crude Oil From Algae in 1 Minute!

Living Green & Saving Energy

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The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

Green Blog

The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about pollution and climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced with an economy powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

The Future of Renewable Energy is Blowin’ in the Wind

Living Green & Saving Energy

Multiple sources of renewable energy are being developed around the world as countries try to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. alternative energy reduce fossil fuels renewable energy saving energy green energy wind energyFor the generation of electricity in particular, depending on the locale, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind energy are all being used. Of all the forms of renewable energy under development, I think wind has [.].

The Future of Renewable Energy is Blowin’ in the Wind

Living Green & Saving Energy

Multiple sources of renewable energy are being developed around the world as countries try to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. alternative energy reduce fossil fuels renewable energy saving energy green energy wind energyFor the generation of electricity in particular, depending on the locale, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind energy are all being used. Of all the forms of renewable energy under development, I think wind has [.].

Are High Gas Prices Actually Good For Us?

Living Green & Saving Energy

reduce fossil fuels. alternative energy reduce fossil fuels high gas priceshigh gas prices good for us? Lynn Mucken has written a piece trying to tell us that $5 per gallon gas prices are actually a good thing.

Germany Shutting Off Nuclear Power But Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Living Green & Saving Energy

alternative energy eco-innovation global warming reduce fossil fuels German nuclear power greenhouse gas emissionsGermany Shutting Off Nuclear Power But Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Three Car Engines that Require Zero Gasoline

Living Green & Saving Energy

Most of the buzz when it comes to cars that run on alternative fuels is generated by electric and hybrid vehicles. Granted these automobiles can save you thousands of dollars on gas over the life of the car, there are engines that can run on fuel that costs next to nothing. alternative energy eco-innovation reduce fossil fuels saving energy biodiesel green innovations save energy save fuel

Why Wind Power is so Beneficial to Electricity Companies

Living Green & Saving Energy

alternative energy reduce fossil fuels wind energy green energy sustainable energy sources There’s probably not a single person in the world who doesn’t understand that our resources for producing power are diminishing very quickly. While scientists are trying to develop new ways to obtain and produce energy, we should remember that we already have such methods and some of them are not only efficient, but also eco-friendly. [.].

Arab Nations De-Vesting in Oil to Invest in Renewables

Green Prophet

Countries with fossil fuel-dependent economies are making a marked shift towards renewable energy. Substantial financial investments in solar and wind projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa have gained global recognition as the hydrocarbon market looks to bolster alternative economies. In addition to a heightened awareness of the environmental impact of the fossil fuel industry, the main drivers for change are economic.

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Cost Of Solar Drops Two-Thirds Since 2008; May Be Competitive With Fossil Fuels By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

Originally when solar panels came to the marketplace they were expensive and significantly more than typical fossil fuel alternatives. While solar energy still remains more expensive than fossil fuels, their prices have dropped notably in the last few years. According to those in the industry, regardless of government incentives solar energy will likely compete closely will fossil fuels by 2016.

What’s the Deal with Diesel?

Living Green & Saving Energy

Mercedes-Benz followed, and by the late 1950s to early ’60s, other manufacturers released the diesel engine as an alternative to gasoline. Alternatives to gasoline-powered engines were [.]. green transportation reduce fossil fuels saving energy saving money biodiesel transportation fuel Diesel cars first appeared on the consumer market with the Citroen in the 1930s.

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Eco Wave Power Alternative Energy Source

Hug a Tree with Me

The use of alternative energy is imperative if we wish to slow down and reverse the environmental damage caused by traditional fuel sources. Alternative energy refers to energy derived from sources other than petroleum and other such fossil fuels. The alternative sources needs to be as reliable and efficient as the predecessor without encouraging negative environmental issues.

What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

Green Home Blog

The majority of greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels like oil and coal; in fact, 98% of atmospheric CO 2 comes from fossil fuel use. Seventy percent of electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels, so the less energy you use in your home the smaller you can make your carbon footprint. And if you’re shopping for a new car, look for hybrids or flex fuel vehicles that release fewer emissions. What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

Israel Takes Messianic Stance on the Rio+20 United Nations Conference

Green Prophet

billion ($365 million) for a decade of research and development, from jet fuel alternatives to oil-replacing technologies of all shapes and sizes. Israel is now home to over 100 alternative energy start-up companies and another 100 university-based research groups. Business & Politics Energy alternative energy clean energy fossil fuels politics Rio+20 solar power United Nations

Green energy alone won’t save the earth – social change is also needed

Green Blog

If energy companies would only deploy wind, hydro, solar, geothermal or nuclear, then emission-intensive fossil fuels will eventually disappear. Rather than displacing fossil fuels, green energy sources have proven to be mostly additive. “Do Do alternative energy sources displace fossil fuels?” York identifies two key reasons: the inertia of a huge existing fossil-fuel infrastructure, and the power and influence of the coal and oil corporations.

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“There is no alternative” Andrew Winston on green economics

Wend Magazine

There he shared with an audience of true believers his view on the importance of sustainability in business and why in the long run really there is no alternative. JTP: One of the things I find fascinating about your conversation is that you talk about issues, especially issues that you describe as “TINA Issues” And that stands for “There Is No alternative”. In dealing with climate change, dealing with biodiversity loss, dealing with waste, there is no alternative.

Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

But if fossil fuel prices tell the truth about their real costs, there will be predictable accounting for the true costs of dirty fuels, and entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals will all be looking for better, cheaper, safer, healthier alternatives. We’ll use the revenue to help speed those alternatives. It stops sending money to out-of-state fossil fuel companies and instead invests it directly in the people of Washington.

Abu Dhabi Prince Shames White House by Crowning Court Roof with Solar Panels

Green Prophet

Instead of supporting green alternatives, the former president put America’s full weight behind fossil fuels. Cleantech, Science & Technology fossil fuels oil renewable energy Solar EnergyWhen an oil-rich Sheikdom crowns an official building with grid-connected solar panels, it’s time for the U.S. to wake up!

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Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

Green Home Blog

Solar, and especially wind, are ‘fragile’ technologies that break or fall apart too often to substitute in any fashion or at any time for reliable fossil fuels and even nuclear. At least once a month, some self-styled electrical power expert (often from the Republican side of the aisle) will insist that: Wind and solar energy will never have more than a minimal market share of energy resources.

Will Israeli cars roll on alternatives by 2025?

Green Prophet

Despite Israel’s dead electric car company Better Place and its venture to create an electric alternative to fossil fuel driven cars, the Israeli government is still interested in weaning most of its cars and other vehicles away from oil by the year 2025. More exotic non-fossil fuel transportation plans, including the “up in the air” SkyTran magnetic air pod project have yet to be implemented.

Alternative Energy – Things you didn’t know

Eco Friendly Daily

As our energy needs rise, as our supplies of fossil fuels run out and as the state of our planet become more precarious, we increasingly need to look at alternative energy sources to meet our requirements and to allow our modern lifestyles. In North American and Canada this figure lies around 8%, so although significantly better than traditional fossil fuels it is still not the cleanest option.

Social Bankability, Solar Crowdfunding & Emerging Markets.

Sierra Club Compass

If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we need disruptive innovations that fundamentally alter the broken systems that continue to build out inequitable, fossil fueled societies. But the real opportunity for crowdfunders lies with distributed solar in emerging markets where the world’s poor pay obscene amounts for dirty fuel based lighting. View an alternate. Dirty Fuels. Compass. « Get Ready!

8 Fracking Myths Debunked – Updated

Green Living Ideas

Germany also set a solar power record in June of this year, and the country’s Energiewende or ‘energy transformation’ plan aims to shift from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables and achieve 80 percent renewable energy generation by 2050. Don’t just scare people about earthquakes and flammable water – watch the research, know your arguments, and tackle the other side of the argument which is reducing our dependence on oil and embracing energy alternatives in the meantime.

Sierra Club India: Tata Mundra Coal Review Test of Dr. Kim's.

Sierra Club Compass

When Dr. Jim Yong Kim took over as President of the World Bank, there was hope amongst health advocates and environmentalists that, given his background, the Bank would reevaluate its support for deadly fossil fuel projects. View an alternate. Dirty Fuels. Compass. « COP18: Why Im Helping from Home and How You Can Join Me | Main.

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Britain Increasing Alternative Fuel Sector

Eco Friendly Daily

In the United States many are pushing for alternative fuels in order to decrease or eliminate dependence upon foreign oil. The condition of the environment, particularly global warming, is also playing a role in why governments are turning to alternative fuels. Britain attains a great deal of their fuel from the North Sea, however, the reserves in this area are in decline. Due to this, Britain is being forced to find alternative fuels.

Majority of Americans say we should do whatever it takes to protect the environment

Green Blog

A new survey titled “ Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology &# (pdf) from the Pew Resarch Center shows that public support for the environment and alternative energy sources is strong on both sides of the political scale in America. The only ones who rather want to see more investments in the fossil fuel industry than the development of renewable energy sources are “staunch conservatives&#.

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Corruption Allegations, Monster Mine Madness, and the US Ex Im.

Sierra Club Compass

Export-Import Bank (Exim) President Fred Hochberg continues to underwrite some of the world's largest and most destructive fossil fuel ventures. But Hochberg has remained steadfastly determined to support outdated fossil fuel projects that should be regulated to the previous century. View an alternate. Dirty Fuels. Compass. « Piscataway Nation Welcomes Canadian Chiefs, Forward on Climate Rally to WDC | Main.

Massive Crowds Turning Out to Oppose Coal Exports - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

"It's not our job in the Northwest to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dying fossil fuel industry." "I was shocked to learn that this plan to use our pristine communities as a conduit to ship this toxic, outdated fossil fuel would be an idea folks would even consider," she said. View an alternate. Dirty Fuels. Compass. « COP18: Snapshot from Doha | Main.

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What’s the Most Energy Efficient Home A/C Unit?

Eco Chic

cheaper alternative to A/C. HomeSoul a/c air conditioning budget cool summer cost-savings efficiency fossil fuels Global Warming Dear EarthTalk: Now that hot weather is coming, I want to upgrade my home’s A/C. Which are the most energy-saving models and should I go central air or window units? – Jackie Smith, Cary, NC.

The Imperfect Biofuel Solution

Eco Friendly Daily

At first glance, you may think that biofuels provide an ideal answer to fossil fuel use. The researchers contend that production uses fossil fuels to get the product to market. Higher fuel prices affect all income levels. Alternative Energy biofuels fossil fuels greenhouse gas emissions They are natural, which always counts for something. There is, however, more to the story. It concerns the source and its environmental impact.

How Ethanol Differs From Gasoline

Living Green & Saving Energy

However, there is an alternative to this fossil fuel. As a green-living enthusiast, you’re likely familiar with the environmental effects of traditional gasoline. For years, we have been told that the gasoline used to power the engines in our cars is doing damage to our planet; and it is true. Domestically produced, ethanol is a […]. Biofuels How Ethanol Differs From Gasoline

The Effect of Climate Change on Renewable Energy

Eco Friendly Daily

This dependency on hydropower has fueled a growing problem in the state. As an energy source, hydropower is a clean alternative. If California is forced to rely more of fossil fuels, it can potentially increase costs to the California economy. Climate Change fossil fuels greenhouse gas emissions hydropower The drought conditions of the summer of 2012 have brought global warming and the effects of climate change to the surface.

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

As we race to solve the climate challenge with technology—innovating clean energy solutions that lessen our reliance on fossil fuels—we often overlook the fact that nature has worked as a carbon store for hundreds of millions of years. While conservation is not an alternative to reducing fossil fuel emissions—we need to do both—reaching this mitigation potential would be as significant as shutting down every fossil fuel power station in the world.

OPIC, Export Import Bank, and President Obama's Climate Legacy.

Sierra Club Compass

We often wonder what century the Export Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg thinks he is operating in given all his climate destroying fossil fuel finance. That's because while OPIC had a record breaking clean energy year, Ex Im was breaking records of its own in fossil fuel finance. As President Obama considers his climate legacy, it is clear that it will be defined in large part by his embrace of clean energy and rejection of fossil fuels. Compass.