Pros and Cons of Fossil Fuels


Since the industrial revolution coal has given way to oil and natural gas as two prominent energy sources. 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. What are fossil fuels? Quick Navigation for Pros and Cons of Fossil Fuels.

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. Why do we still burn fossil fuels to produce energy?


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New Yorkers go hard against fossil fuels, divest $215.5 billion pension funds from fossil fuels

Green Prophet

So New Yorkers have a lot to celebrate now that their elected mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that he will stop all new fossil fuel projects within and serving the city. The writing’s on the wall: move your money out of toxic fossil fuels and into real climate solutions.”.

Countries phasing out fossil fuel cars

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many countries and regions are proposing the phasing out of fossil fuel cars in the next decade or even earlier with some cities beginning a ban on all but electric cars, especially in town centers, within the next couple of years. (We The reason for this is the fact that without the large machinery, powered by, well, yes, you guessed it, oil-based fuels, required for the extraction such components just cannot be gotten out of the earth.

Can Solar Energy Ever Replace Fossil Fuels?


Fossil fuels are formed by natural processes. Around 80 percent all our energy demand is covered by burning fossil fuels. At the current consumption rate, it is estimated that fossil fuels will run out in less than 100 years. If we could harness the sun’s clean and free energy, we wouldn’t have to drill for polluting fossil fuels. But… Fossil fuel production today costs much less than any renewable energy generation.

Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A Global Scandal.

Elephant Journal

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Stop burning fossil fuels now: there is no CO2 'technofix', scientists warn

Green (Living) Review

Researchers have demonstrated that even if a geoengineering solution to CO2 emissions could be found, it wouldn’t be enough to save the oceans German researchers have demonstrated once again that the best way to limit climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels now. climate change fossil fuels geo-engineering

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. Some suggest we’ll be tapped out of oil by 2060 , and even the World Coal Association admits we could be running on our last coal reserves a little over 100 years from now. World fuel image via

Fossil fuel free town thanks to biogas

Green (Living) Review

When the city vowed a decade ago to wean itself from fossil fuels, it was a lofty aspiration, and sounded more like utopia. The city generates energy from a motley assortment of ingredients like potato peels, manure, used cooking oil, stale cookies and pig intestines. This process involves converting the waste into biogas, and then burning the gas to produce heat and electricity, or refining it, for fuel for cars.

Sorry Greta, World to produce 120% more fossil fuels by 2030 – drastically at odds with warming limit

Green Prophet

Oil-powered Shoaiba Desalination plant looks like Gotham City. Greenhouse gas production from coal and oil are on the increase. The Production Gap Report – produced by leading research organizations and the UN – is the first assessment of the gap between Paris Agreement goals and countries’ planned production of coal, oil and gas. The world is on track to produce far more coal, oil and gas than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C

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

Green (Living) Review

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.

Unearthing the true cost of fossil fuels and the true value of photovoltaics

Green (Living) Review

Two new studies published by Carol Olson and Frank Lenzmann in MRS Energy and Sustainability—A Review Journal ( MRS E&S ) shed light on the true economic, social and environmental impacts of photovoltaics as compared to those of the fossil fuel supply chain. Olson and Lenzmann, who work at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, compared the economics associated with all the major fuel supply chains, including oil and gas, coal and nuclear.

Politics Makes Scrapping Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Gulf Difficult

Green Prophet

Making fuel subsidies a thing of the past may ‘half the global carbon target’, but politics is a real barrier to change in rich gulf nations. Phasing out subsidies for fossil fuels could get us half way to meeting our global carbon saving goal – that’s what the International Energy Agency chief economist Faith Birol believes. However, a lot fewer are willing to point out that the main reason these subsidies continue despite falling oil prices is political.

Northwest Democracy and Fossil Fuel Money

Sightline Daily

For those interested in Sightline’s work on the influence of fossil fuel money in Northwest politics, you may enjoy listening to this 45-minute interview I did recently on KBOO , a community radio station in Portland. Much of Sightline’s work on fossil fuel money has relied on diligent research from our friend, Nick Abraham.

Futek’s Solar Cell Plants Shrink Egypt’s Fossil Fuel Addiction

Green Prophet

At present, the technology is prohibitively expensive for most people who want to get off the fossil fueled-bandwagon, which means the great majority of people who have access to energy in Egypt often have to endure frequent power cuts. Yet the company perseveres, thereby shrinking Egypt’s longstanding addiction to fossil fuels – albeit at snail’s pace. :: Daily News Egypt. Image of oil and war by Shutterstock.

The Money Behind Fossil Fuel Exports

Sightline Daily

If you follow the debates over coal exports or oil trains or pipeline expansions, you might think you’re watching a contest between local communities and the energy sector. But the truth is that standing right behind the fossil fuel companies is a second Goliath. Some of the financial sector’s heaviest hitters are deeply enmeshed in fossil fuel export plans. In other words, Buffett owns both the railroad and the oil tanker cars that run on it.

Senate Votes in Favor of Dirty Tar Sands Pipeline, Senators Supporting Keystone XL Received Nearly $31 Million from Fossil Fuel Industry.

Elephant Journal

Senate voted in support of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Friday, which would deepen our dependence on tar sands oil from Canada. From our friends at EcoWatch. The U.S. The measure, introduced by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), signifies yet another attempt by Republicans to pressure President Obama to approve the TransCanada permit [.].

How much do we spend on fossil fuels?

Sightline Daily

If you could choose how much of your money to spend on fossil fuels compared to K-12 public schools, how would you divvy up your dollars? Here’s where your money actually goes: If you live in Oregon, you spend around $1,300 per year on K-12 education and around $2,800 per year on fossil fuels. If you live in Washington, you spend around $1,500 per year on K-12 education and around $3,200 per year on fossil fuels.

Event: NW Fossil Fuel Exports

Sightline Daily

Join our policy director Eric de Place at the downtown Everett Library, to discuss transport risks of coal and crude oil through Snohomish County and other cities in the Northwest. In response to the increasing amount of public interest in oil transport issues, the community group Snohomish County Train Watch is hosting a series of monthly strategy meetings to address the future of fossil fuel transport projects in the Pacific Northwest.

The Faith-Based Push for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Sierra Club Compass

This week the University of Dayton made news when it announced that "it will begin divesting coal and fossil fuels from its $670 million investment pool." " Christian fossil fuel divestment has made other news this summer: Earlier this month the Presbyterian Church (USA) discussed a divestment resolution at its general meeting , although it was referred back to a committee for further consideration. Coal Dirty Fuels Natural Gas Oil Tar Sands

Plastic packaging more serious a threat than fossil fuels?

Green (Living) Review

Is plastic packaging becoming more of a serious threat to our environment than fossil fuels? Yes, fossil fuels cause CO2 and other GHG emissions but the production and then the disposal of plastic bottles and other plastic packaging, some of which cannot even be recycled, more than likely contributes much more to the problems of our Planet than does gasoline, diesel, coal, etc.

How Fossil Fuel Money Plays in Northwest Elections

Sightline Daily

Over the last few years, the Northwest has been embroiled in an increasingly heated debate over its participation in fossil fuel exports. Energy companies’ plans to build coal terminals, oil depots, and gas pipelines are drawing out protestors, grabbing headlines, and earning plenty of attention from elected officials. Yet we did find that the well-heeled oil and gas industry pumps plenty of money in the coffers of the region’s candidates for federal office.

When Will We Break Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels?

Sierra Club Compass

Dirty Fuels Dirty Money (oil) Green Transportation Health Oil Tar Sands MSNBC's Chris Hayes had a great commentary on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline this weekend. Are you attending one of the more than 280 Keystone XL protest vigils tonight ?

Events: Sightline on Regional Fossil Fuel Activism

Sightline Daily

The common thread that I hope to weave into each will be The Thin Green Line —the notion that the Northwest is uniquely positioned to thwart large-scale fossil fuel exports. Details : I’ll be participating in an afternoon session titled, Fossil Fuel Exports and Climate Change in the Salish Sea. Inslee Hires Coal Lobbyist to Direct Policy Office Industry to Feds: “We Will Not Remove Any Unsafe Oil Rail Cars from Service” Climate & Energy

Ethical Oil, Gas and Mining? EITI is the LEED of Fossil Fuels

Green Prophet

Giant corporations move in to communities, suck up their oil, gas , or minerals, make shifty deals with corrupt governments , and leave behind a big mess. It was founded to promote greater revenue transparency in the extractive industries, such as oil, gas and mining. The EITI is just one of a growing number of initiatives that aim to ensure greater transparency in how governments and companies share the wealth in sectors such as oil, gas and mining.”.

Hillary Clinton: We Can Set the Example For Transitioning from Fossil Fuels

Sierra Club Compass

to become a global leader in transitioning away from dirty fuels. What’s even more laudable is that she made this call while visiting the heart of Canada’s oil country - Edmonton, Alberta. "We should set the global example for transitioning in some more orderly way away from fossil fuels," Clinton said. "And At the same time, investments in these clean energy choices are creating three times as many jobs as investments in fossil fuels.

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. 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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The problems with our fossil fuel economy

Green (Living) Review

While oil may not be at peak, as yet, as stated by some geologists in the oil field an d may not even reach this peak that is always spoken of for another century or so even, the fact remain that the basis of our (global) economy is not sustainable and that on more than one level. And we are not just talking about oil. We are talking fossil fuels in general. Oil producing nation s and the oil industry and its fat cats will never allow this to happen.

Northwest Fossil Fuel Exports: New Sightline Report for Canada

Sightline Daily

It was an election in which the politics of fossil fuel expansion played a meaningful role , particularly for the NDP, the major opposition party. With the Liberals forming another majority government, it makes sense now to reflect on the epic-scale fossil fuel exports planned for BC and the its neighbors in the US Northwest. The projects are distinct, but they can be denominated in a common currency: the tons of carbon dioxide emitted if the fossil fuels were burned.

How microbes find an oil spill

Green Prophet

An oil spill in Israel, 2014. When containing a massive disaster like an oil spill, small microbes play a big role. This is important news for the western east oil producing nations, as many oil spills threaten the Red Sea, Indian ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

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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. Lee writes: “But I think we need to up the ante for those pursuing business as usual, the relentless expansion of oil and gas infrastructure that is causing these problems and guaranteeing that they will be worse in the future.

Campaign to end fossil fuel subsidies tops Twitter ahead of Rio+20

Green Blog

And so the 24-hour Twitterstorm against fossil fuel subsidies is over. The campaign which was launched yesterday by , Avaaz , Greenpeace , and other environmental organizations called on people to flood the popular social network site Twitter, using the #EndFossilFuelSubsidies hashtag, with demands for an end to unnecessary and climate killing subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuels subsidies have no place in today’s world.

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. Dirty Fuels. Dirty Money (oil). The Oil Drum.

Revealed: Bill Gates charity has $1.4bn in fossil fuel investments

Green Blog

billion of investments in some of the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies – while at the same time calling for immediate action against climate change. But apparently, both Bill and Melinda have missed that their investments in oil, gas and coal helps fuel the climate change – a crisis which they themselves deem to be a serious threat. “At It’s been revealed that the Gates Foundation, run by Bill and Melinda Gates, has held at least $1.4

Five Keystone XLs: The Carbon in Northwest Fossil Fuel Export Plans

Sightline Daily

Sightline is releasing a new report, Northwest Fossil Fuel Exports , showing that the region is poised to become a carbon export hub of global consequence. A tally of the new coal, oil, and gas shipment schemes being planned in the Northwest finds that they would carry five times as much carbon as the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Oil pipelines. Two new oil pipelines would be capable of carrying more than 1.1 Oil-by-rail facilities.

President Suggests Elimination Of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Eco Friendly Daily

President Obama indicated a goal of the summit when he stated recently: “Later this week, I will work with my colleagues at the G-20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies so that we can better address our climate challenge.” The President has suggested a gradual reduction and elimination of government subsidies to fossil fuel companies. The United States, along with many other nations, pay companies subsidies to produce fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and oil.

Fossil Fuel Free Day

The Green Changemakers

[link] Spend a day without using any fossil fuels On the next Slow Sunday, we invite you to spend the whole day without using fossil fuels of any kind! In solidarity with our regular columnist, Mark Boyle, who is spending a whole year without using fossil fuel, we can all get a glimpse of what life could be like if we began to live more simply, within the carrying-capacity of our local ecosystems. Living Without Oil by Mark Boyle.

Event: Sightline in Vancouver, WA, on Fossil Fuel Exports

Sightline Daily

We don’t get down south as often as we’d like, but next Thursday, February 6 , I’ll be on WSU Vancouver’s campus, joining the Center for Social & Environmental Justice as one of two speakers on fossil fuel exports out of the US Northwest and Canada. on the climate impacts of Northwest fossil fuel exports, as well as the threats that shipping them poses to our communities. Coal train in White Rock, BC, Canada. Credit AaverageJoe.

Can the Gates Foundation be convinced to dump fossil fuels?

Green Blog

This week, The Guardian newspaper has campaigned for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest its fossil fuel investments – which the newspaper claims are worth US$1.4 billion invested in just two oil giants, BP and ExxonMobil, as of December 2013, and those are only the beginning of his fossil fuel holdings. Rusbridger wrote that this would be “a small but crucial step in the economic transition away from a global economy run on fossil fuels”.

Biofuel Breakthrough? Crude Oil From Algae in 1 Minute!

Living Green & Saving Energy

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U.S. Government Investing In New Fossil Fuel: Methane Hydrates

Eco Friendly Daily

Due to the increasing pressures on the petroleum industry such as global warming concerns and dwindling sources, seeking out new sources of fuels has become increasingly prevalent. Renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind, are becoming popular but many in the fossil fuel industry, such as oil companies, continue to seek new fossil fuels. One such fuel that has entered the radar of fossil fuel enthusiasts is natural gas from methane hydrates.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Spreading Like Wildfire


The article in The New York Times tells the story of students, faculty and alumni around the country who are demanding divestment from fossil fuels. In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks.

The True Cost of Fossil Fuels


considers all the benefits and drawbacks of various energy sources—such as oil from Canada’s tar sands—it should also calculate the energy return on investment, a measure of the energy needed to get energy out. In this month’s Scientific American , Mason Inman shows that it takes a great amount of energy to extract some types of fossil fuels, suggesting it might not be worth the cost to pursue these options. As the U.S.