Essay about Fossil Fuels And Fossil Fuel

2132 Words Dec 1st, 2016 9 Pages
Firstly, let us take a look at fossil fuels and inventions that led to their heavy usage. Fossil fuels are combustible organic deposits, formed from decayed plants and animals that have been converted to crude oil, coal or natural gas by exposure to heat and pressure in the earth 's crust over hundreds of millions of years. Due to the development of steam engine in 1712, the popularity of coal as an energy source increased rapidly, and is one of the most used fossil fuel today for the production of electricity. As industrialization took place, pollution due to fossil fuels became a major issue and it was finally in 1924 that the first federal law to control pollution from the oil industry was established. It was 12 years later, when the first controlled nuclear chain reaction took place at the University of Chicago (DeFrancesco). Advancements in the automobile industry led to a significant increase in the production of automobiles, as a result petroleum became the most commonly used fossil fuel. Civilization has become so dependent on fossil fuels that it is now difficult to make transition towards renewable energy source.
In effect, the race for alternate sources of energy is on and scientists have been researching to find new sources of energy and also looking for ways to make current fuels more efficient, inventing ways to decrease pollution caused by them. “Diesel gets around 30 percent more miles to the gallon, and those concerned about global warming can rest easier at…

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