Although carbon emissions are causing devastating effects through global warming, there are many other reasons we need to switch from nonrenewable fossil fuels to renewable resources such as solar power and hydroelectricity.
We will run out of fossil fuels by 2100 (The End). The simple fact is fossil fuels cannot last forever. We will run out of them and soon. We need to switch to renewable resources and fast. But fossil fuels running low is not the only reason we need to make the switch. The mining of fossil fuels also has very bad negative impacts on the environment and society. The three big fossil fuels, oil, coal, and natural gas, all have very different methods of extraction.
Oil is drawn from the earth by drilling wells underground. A lot of oil companies now drill for crude oil underwater. This has many bad effects on our environment that we share with millions of other creatures. Drilling for oil disturbs land and marine ecosystems and harms fish and marine animals. Drilling mistakes can lead to massive oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Oil spills contaminate soil and water and may cause devastating explosions and fires