The Dependence On Fossil Fuels

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Title Since the invention of the car over a century ago, people have become highly dependent on fossil fuels. Over the past few decades it has become clear that this dependence has been having disastrous effects on the environment, our health, our economy, and our future. Not only that, but fossil fuels are a finite supply and once they are depleted, there is no getting more. If we are to continue to thrive as a society, it is imperative that we reduce our dependence on non-renewable fossil-fuels, and move towards renewable energy sources such as electricity, biofuels, and hydrogen. Fossil fuels have been used to power our vehicles since the invention of the car in the late 19th century. And with more people driving cars over the years, the total consumption of oil has increased dramatically. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States used 8.8 million barrels of gasoline (368 million gallons) a day for transportation in 2014 (Energy Information Administration). This is an alarming rate, considering the world only has so much oil. The EIA has predicted that the world has enough oil to carry the industries that rely on it through 2040 (Energy Information Administration). Beyond that, it is uncertain if we will have enough oil, not only for transportation, but also for the thousands of other industries that depend on it as their primary source of energy. Besides going scarce, another issue with relying on fossil fuels for energy is

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