Why Propane Is A Clean Fuel Essay examples

799 Words Sep 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Assignment:
The task at hand is to break down certain aspects of a propane ad by “Proudly Propane” and attempt to define and compare those aspects to assess the characteristics of a fuel like Propane. The ad claims that propane is a “Clean, reliable and efficient energy source” but does not offer to define or elaborate on these claims. Therefore, through context and comparison the ad’s claims of Clean and Efficient will be assessed, in addition to the Importance/Reliance, Sustainability, and Affordability of propane.
Clean
The ad has not given an explicit definition for what it refers to as a clean fuel. Therefore, using the context of the ad and commonly accepted definitions, we can deduct that clean means a fuel that burns completely, and contains little in the way of other non-combustible particulates and components that will produce soot, ash, or other harmful byproducts. Therefore, propane is an example of a clean fuel in this context, because it burns relatively cleanly in comparison to other fossil fuels such as coal and oil, (considered unclean) because it does not release as many greenhouse gasses and byproducts after combustion. However, this does not address the greenhouse gasses produced by the production, transport, and other miscellaneous processes on which propane is reliant.
Efficient
The ad has not presented explicit criteria or explanation for what an efficient fuel is either. In loose terms, efficiency is a metric of energy conversion, or how completely…

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