Fossil Fuels ( Oil, Coal, Natural Gas )

1743 Words7 Pages
Fossil Fuels (Oil, Coal, Natural Gas)
Debbie Burrell
Gwynedd Mercy University

Abstract Fossil fuels are non-renewable sources of energy that were form billions of years ago. The three different types of fossil fuels in the world include: oil, coal and natural gas. Although each of the three types of fossil fuels are extracted differently they are all processed and used as the world’s primary sources of energy. Being the world’s primary sources of energy, fossil fuel experience advantages as well as disadvantages as an energy source. The use of fossil fuels, as an energy source, impact the environment as well as social, economic and political aspects of the world.

Fossil Fuels; Beginning of
…show more content…
The Three Different Types of Fossil Fuels
Fossil Fuel; Oil Oil is a non-renewable fossil fuel found all around the globe. According to, “Oil reserves are found all over the world... The top oil producing countries are Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, Iran, and China.” (Energy in the 21st Century, 2013). According to an article from Adventures in Energy, there are three ways oils is extracted from the Earth (Extracting Oil and Natural Gas, 2008). The three way oil is extracted are: Primary Recovery, Secondary Recovery and Enhanced Recovery (Extracting Oil and Natural Gas, 2008). Each type of recovery is a form of drilling for the oil. Enhanced recovery is used to extract the large amounts of oil left behind by the primary and secondary recoveries (Extracting Oil and Natural Gas, 2008). Some recoveries use steam, water, chemical injections and other methods to extract the oil from the Earth (Extracting Oil and Natural Gas, 2008). When processed oil is used for many household items and everyday motor activities. The most commonly known source of oil use is fuel, “gasoline. It is used to fuel most cars in the United States” (Energy in the 21st Century, 2013). Oil other uses include, “heating oil, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and propane… It can also be used to make many common household products, including crayons,
Get Access