Solution Essay: The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels?

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Have you ever imagined what life will be like in the future? Do you think our world will

have a bright future, without poverty or war? As of now, the opposite is coming true. By the end

of the century, most of our forests will disappear, poverty will become even more common, and

countries will be fighting for the last drop of oil.

This future, however, can be avoided. By reducing emissions on our world’s natural

resources, we can change our planet’s fate. This is why the world needs to have stricter policies

on using natural resources. To better understand this, we will first identify the issues with the

world’s consumption of resources, then examine the errors in our world’s natural resource

policies, and finally sample a solution
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As noted in the book, The

Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein, 87 percent of energy used by humans today is

from fossil fuels alone. That’s 94 million barrels, or over 675 million tons of oil burned up each

day. Furthermore, this only accounts for 40 percent of the energy consumed each individual day!

Coal and natural gas make up about 35 percent, and less than 15 percent of the world’s energy

comes from renewable sources. Consequently, 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide are emitted into

the atmosphere each year (Epstein).

Burning all of these fossil fuels, regrettably, comes with consequences. Our planet has

already seen an increase of two degrees Fahrenheit from carbon dioxide emissions. As the

average temperature rises, glacial ice melts and raises the sea level. If we continue to release

enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, the rising sea level could devastate a number

of cities and nations. According to Robert J. Nicholls, a coastal engineer at Southampton

University, rising sea levels from global warming will force an estimate of 187 million people to

relocate their homes to a different
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This speculation is becoming more true every

day. Based on recent studies, there is enough oil remaining in the earth to last the world twenty-

five more years. This means by 2040, we will no longer be able to drive our gas-burning cars,

drink out of plastic bottles, or use certain kinds of makeup. Even our food industry will be

affected without its many oil-related preservatives and coloring chemicals. If nothing changes

soon, our future doesn’t look very bright (Epstein).

Now that we’ve identified the issues with our natural resource use, we can examine the

errors of our world’s natural resource policies. The world should have policies to protect our

planet from dangers like global warming, and it does. Unfortunately, these policies aren’t doing

their job. They don’t have enough limitations for the production and consumption of natural

resources. While they do set targets for emissions for individual countries, there are loopholes

that are widely abused.

One such loophole states that the burning of trees doesn’t give off any carbon

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