Fossil Fuels A nonrenewable fuel

How It Works

  • Coal, oil, and natural gas all produce heat energy when burned
  • These Fuels were formed by the remains of organisms that existed millions of years ago
  • Heat from these fuels are used to convert water into steam, which is used to power turbines that generate electrically
All fossils fuels are the result of plant decomposition that happened millions of years ago

Advantages

  • Fossil fuels are sources of energy
  • Developed on earth millions of years ago
  • Oil, natural gas, and coal, which are in fossil fuels, take so long to form they are considered nonrenewable
  • Fossil fuels, by certain measurements, have the highest calorific value. They are definitely more effective than wind or solar energy, although if we can discover more efficient ways to harness geothermal energy, that might give fossil fuels a run for their money.
  • Calorific - effectiveness of energy sources
Fossil fuels are cheaper to make than others

Disadvantages

  • Fossil fuels can cause global warming
  • Pollution
  • Burning fossil fuel produces more carbon dioxide than burning gas or oil
  • Produces sulfur, a gas that contributes to acid rain
  • mining fuel is difficult and dangerous
Fossil Fuels can cause oil spills and pollution

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