fossil fuel

fossil fuel

the story of fossil fuels

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Since time immemorial humans have been burning stuff for fuel, to cook fabulous feasts, to make metals, and most important of all, hot baths. The industrial uses for coal and oil were myriad and useful. During the Dark ages, we largely forgot about that black stuff under the ground, but then came fabulous manly men like James Watt and Gottlieb Daimler worked out how to use these fascinating substances to do more than simply make stuff hot. And so the industrial revolution began. The economy expanded. Exploded. The mines ran day and night, you could not drill oil wells fast enough. But technology begat technology and soon we were drilling all the oil and mining all the coal we needed. Then we needed more coal and oil to fuel our cars, our industries and our wars. So we made more technology, and the oil and coal flowed forth. More and more technology brought more and more oil, coal and natural gas. Importing more and more oil from what was then known as the third world until they became richer than us. Then in the 1970s they turned off the tap. Jimmy Carter was on it, and he started spending on solar panels. But then Ronald Reagan took over, and the pumps were flowing again. Faster than ever. But production only barely keeps up with supply, so fuel prices soar even when production prices don't resulting in fabulous profits for the fossil fuel industry. But what happens when the easy to get coal and oil and gas run out? Well we have TECHNOLOGY, Toppling mountain tops. Refining sulfurous deposits thought too filthy to refine. And fracturing the very bedrock beneath our feet and farmland. Why? Because THAT is where the oil is! Who needs wind turbines blighting our view when we can cut the entire tops of hills and mountains away leaving a lovely flat piece of land where NOTHING will grow to destroy our vista! Now that is PROFITABLE PROGRESS!