A Very Brief Analysis of the Consequences of Fossil Fuels
Fossil fuels are a hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from the accumulated remains of ancient plants and animals and used as a fuel. They primarily are made up of a complex mixture of molecules containing both hydrogen and carbon. These fuels are the major source of energy that is being used in the world today but said use and over-consumption can lead to a number of problems.
1. Refining petroleum creates air pollution: Processing crude oil and turning it into petrochemicals releases toxins into the atmosphere that are known to be dangerous for human and environmental health.
2. Burning gasoline releases CO2: The burning of these fuels contribute greenhouse gases to the atmosphere which then in turn increase global warming.
3. Oil spills and the great environmental damage: Oil spills, sometimes disastrously large ones, almost always occur during the harvesting, processing, transportation and use of these fuels. The spills have a devastating effect on the ecosystems and the surrounding areas. The oil can also kill thousands of animals and marine life. The only way to decontaminated these mammals and birds is by washing them by hand. Furthermore, there are only some methods you can use for clean up but they are limited and only able to clear up a small percentage of the spill.
4. Foreign oil dependence: As our overall consumption of fossil fuels grows the limited nature of this resource presents serious issues. Many political leaders are already starting to be concerned on how the United States’ over reliance on petroleum leaves us vulnerable in the hands of foreign governments.
5. The limited future of fossil fuels: The world’s dependence on fossil fuels continues to increase in spite of the economic, political, and environmental ramifications. The further depletion of this resource leads to companies enlisting even riskier harvesting methods where they’re forced to drill deeper and deeper and find and destroy new areas as old reserves are used up.