Fossil fuels are energy sources created from the fossilized remains of plant and animal life in the Earth’s geological past.
Well-known examples of fossil fuels are coal, natural gas and oil. These products have been under extremely high pressure at very high temperatures for a long time. As a result, they contain hydrocarbons and sulfur compounds. Fossil fuels are relatively easy to extract. Therefore, these raw materials have been used for a long time and are a means of making money for many poor countries.
Fossil fuels can only be used once, so they will eventually run out. These fuels are not sustainable. That is why there is a worldwide search for alternative energy sources.
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