Earth's Dependence on Fossil Fuels

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EARTH’S DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS CINDY MOYER AXIA COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX In today’s world, more and more people are becoming aware of the problems that are caused by the use of fossil fuel and are looking for earth-friendly and economical energy to use as a source to heat and cool their homes, drive their vehicles, use electric or whatever they do to use energy. Scientists are busy thinking up a variety of ways of producing renewable energy to replace the use of non-renewable energy. Fuel that has taken millions of years to create from the decomposition of the plant and animal matter is known as fossil fuel. What we call oil, coal and natural gases are fossil fuels and they are made up of hydrocarbons.…show more content…
Our government and the manufacturers have pushed the industry for profit incentives and the burning of fossil fuels which has provided Americans with easier ways of fuel consumption. Lately, scientists have been trying to invent ways to cut down the emission gases from the burning of fossil fuel which causes the pollution that causes the green house gases that collect in our atmosphere. Car manufacturers need to find a better way to produce fuel efficient vehicles and alternative sources of power for the vehicles. Environmentalists are pushing for clean, renewable energy but have not been getting support from the politicians. Environmentalists are being forced to reconsider the options of using nuclear power as an energy source instead of the many other alternatives that the environmentalists would prefer to use. Nuclear power has advantages and disadvantages of use. The disadvantage is that one nuclear power plant produces 20 ton of nuclear waste a year which is classified as high-level radioactive waste. It takes tens of thousands of years for nuclear waste to reduce to a safe level of radioactivity. Where does this nuclear waste get stored? It takes years for nuclear waste to cool down enough to have glass added to it and to be stored in massive cement structures. The cost of maintaining these structures is high because of the high level of security it takes to protect

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