Global Warming: The Harmful Effects Of Fossil Fuels

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Starting in the late 20th century, people became increasingly more concerned about the environment globally. Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish scientist, was the first to hypothesize global warming - the phenomenon of greenhouse gasses warming the earth (Uppenbrink 1122). Margaret Thatcher was the first politician to bring the topic of global warming into the mainstream political atmosphere (Corfee-Morlot 2754). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established a few years later in 1970 after politicians and scientists realized the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption on the environment as a byproduct of the energy that it creates (Gillette 703). Fossil fuels are an attractive option in their respects to be very convenient resources in terms of their ability to be converted into conventional energy, used as fuel for transportation, and transported easily. Of the people who have access to electricity and motorized vehicles, the largest proportion rely on fossil fuels as their primary source of energy. In fact, most of the world with access to electricity does so. However, like most things in life, the convenience of fossil fuels comes at a cost. The harmful effects of fossil fuels include but are not limited to climate change, oil …show more content…
They present many economic and scientific claims that support their ideas in a way that is formulated around specific values. One key argument that fossil fuel advocates make concerns the lack of dependency that can be attributed to alternative energies. The reputation of energies that are subjected by this argument are typically the “green” energy types such as solar, wind, and tidal. Specifically, the argument points out that green energy sources are too unpredictable in the event of changing weather. Robert Wood presents this in his journal as a developing problem when considering the design of tidal

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