Advantages and Disadvantages of Fossil Fuels

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Advantages of fossil fuels * major advantage of fossil fuels is their capacity to generate huge amounts of electricity in just a single location. * Fossil fuels are very easy to find. * When coal is used in power plants, they are very cost effective. Coal is also in abundant supply. * Transporting oil and gas to the power stations can be made through the use of pipes making it an easy task. * Power plants that utilize gas are very efficient. * Power stations that make use of fossil fuel can be constructed in almost any location. This is possible as long as large quantities of fuel can be easily brought to the power plants. Disadvantages of Fossil Fuels * Pollution is a major disadvantage of…show more content…
------------------- Some of the disadvantages: 1) Fossil fuels put out CO2 (a known greenhouse gas), they also often have nasty chemicals like lead and sulfur that get put in the air when we burn them. 2) There is a lot of political instability in the world due to where some fossil fuels are found. Primarily these locations are in the Middle East and it helps to fuel a lot of violence around the world. Some of the advantages of fossil fuels are - * ALL fossil fuels originally derive their energy from the sun; thus all fossil fuels are essentially solar power. * Easily combustible, and produces high energy upon combustion helping in locomotion and in the generation of electricity and various other forms of energy; * Coal burning alone accounts for more than 50% of the electricity in the USA electric grid * Widely and easily distributed all over the world; * Comparatively inexpensive due to large reserves and easy accessibility * Good availability * Inexpensive * Very large amounts of electricity can be generated in one place using coal, fairly cheaply. * Gas-fired power stations are very efficient. * A fossil-fueled power station can be built almost anywhere, so long as you can get large quantities of fuel to it. Didcot power station, in Oxfordshire, UK, has a dedicated rail link to supply the coal. However, the
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