- Energy Source: Fossil Fuels
- Fossil Fuels are formed from the remains of plants
- They are also formed from prehistoric organisms
- These plants and animals lived hundreds of millions of years ago
How Do We Obtain Fossil Fuels?
- We can get fossil fuels by drilling wells
- Oil rigs (operate offshore in many places)
- Energy is released when oil, coal, and natural gases are burned
What are the Different Types and Uses of Fossil Fuels?
- Fossil Fuels may exist in the form of liquid, solid, or gas
- Natural gas
- Fossil Fuels are used in the electricity and transportation sectors
What are the Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuels?
- Can have bad impacts
- When coal is burned, sulfur dioxide is released (toxic)
- Natural gas is highly flammable, this can lead to gas leaks
- Contributes to the greenhouse effect
What are the economic impacts of Fossil Fuels?
- High in cost
- About half of the petroleum used by the U.S. is imported from places such as Africa, Canada, and Mexico
- It costs about 8 cents per KWH
What countries frequently use Fossil Fuels?
- The U.S, China, and Russia use Fossil Fuels frequently
- Coal, gas, and petroleum produce about 80% of energy in the United States
What are common applications for Fossil Fuels?
- Used for fueling cars
- Synthetic fabrics
- Fossil Fuels can be used in homes
- The average U.S. household uses 10,000 KWH per year