Asked in Fossil Fuels
What are the results of burning fossil fuels?
October 05, 2012 1:23PM
Burning fossil fuels releases long held carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is extra carbon dioxide from millions of years ago and it is overloading the carbon cycle. The greenhouse effect has turned into an enhanced greenhouse effect which some scientists believe is causing global warming. Other scientists believe the earth simply moves into and out of periods of intense warming.
The hope of mankind is that we can someday move beyond the use of fossil fuels. People feel we need to move to renewable sources of energy, like solar, water, wind, tidal, geothermal and biomass. And there are certainly many disadvantages to their use.
But, the idea that we can currently stop using fossil fuels without billions dying though is a fantasy, because other things that result from the use of fossil fuels include all the conveniences of modern life. To stop burning fossil fuels we would need to give up on any food not locally grown. We would need to stop all transportation and virtually all electric power. The maintenance of power lines also requires fossil fuels. Modern medicine would be a thing of the past to rid ourselves of fossil fuels.