Fossil Fuels

By Nicoll Juanes

The History of Fossil Fuels

Since the Industrial Revolution vast amounts of fossil fuels have been used. They seemed to be the ideal energy source. Not only was a seemingly inexhaustible supply of coal available from easily exploited seams near the surface,but it could be used in its natural form.

How They are Formed

Fossil fuels are formed from remains of plants and animals. Subjected to immense pressure and heat deep within the Earth over millions of years. Fossil Fuels get their energy from the sun. The plants that turned into fossils stored energy by photosynthesis.

Some of the top fossil fuels

How Does it Work

Burn fuel -> Heat water to make steam -> scream turns turbines -> turbines turn generators -> electrical power sent around country

Effects

Fossil fuels are the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, contributing 3/4 of all carbon, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions. Burning coal, petroleum and other fossil fuels at extremely high temperatures is the primary means by which electricity is produced, but also leads to heavy concentrations of pollutants in our air and water.

The Clean Air Act of 1970

The Clean Air Act of 1970 helped us make advances in protecting our environment. Oil refineries had to reduce emissions and new technologies have been developed.