Relative dating for fossils
It’s not so much that we mine fossil fuels for our consumption any more than it is to mine salt or tap water supplies way underground.The problems occur when we destroy ecosystems while mining it and while using it.The sun is the ultimate source of energy for our planet.Its energy is found in fossil fuels as well as all living things.Fossil fuel mining and oil production can and has caused irreparable damage to our environment.Fossil fuels exist, and they provide a valuable service.Combustion of these fossil fuels is considered to be the largest contributing factor to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In our global society, it simply means energy that is produced from sources other than our primary energy supply: fossil fuels.
It’s not so much that we use fossil fuels for energy that is problematic, but it’s the side effects of using them that causes all of the problems.
Burning fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide, the number one greenhouse gas contributing to global warming.
Coal, oil and natural gas are the three kinds of fossil fuels that we have mostly depended on for our energy needs, from home heating and electricity to fuel for our automobiles and mass transportation. They are limited in supply and will one day be depleted. Fossil fuels formed from plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago and became buried way underneath the Earth’s surface where their remains collectively transformed into the combustible materials we use for fuel.
In fact, the earliest known fossil fuel deposits are from the Cambrian Period about 500 million years ago, way before the dinosaurs emerged onto the scene.