Fossil fuels are organic material such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas. They have been the most used energy source since the industrial boom in the early eighteenth century. For the past two centuries, fossil fuels have dominated the energy business, providing for nearly all of the worlds energy; however, they are a limited resource that can cause irreversible harm to the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] states that fossil fuels were “responsible for 79 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2010”. Greenhouse gases are gases that get trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere and surround the sun as well as greatly heating up the planet.
According to Eco Info in 2009, at the rate we are using fossil fuels at; we have an estimate of 46 years of oil, 63 years of natural gas and 119 years of coal. However if every Canadian home and every home across the world had solar panels they wouldn’t need to use fossil fuels to power their homes. Everyday solar panel technology is becoming much more efficient. “Every minute the sun bathes the Earth in as much energy as the world consumes in an entire year.” — (US Department of Energy web site, 2010). Now by harnessing this amount of energy the worldwide energy crisis will be solved.
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