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Fossil Fuels Pros and Cons

In this article, the term fossil fuels includes coal, petroleum and natural gas. In 2007, The U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) concluded that 86,4% of the primary energy consumption in the world can be sourced back to fossil fuels. Below you will find the most important fossil fuels pros and cons.

Advantages of Fossil Fuels


1 Well Developed

The technology we use to harness the energy in fossil fuels is well developed. The main reason for this is that fossil fuels have been used to power our world for many decades.

2 Cheap and Reliable

Fossil fuels are cheap and reliable sources of energy. They are excellent types of fuel to use for the energy base-load, as opposed to some of the more unreliable energy sources such as wind and solar.

Disadvantages of Fossil Fuels


1 Contribute to Global Warming

Fossil fuels are not green sources of energy. In fact, they contain high amounts of carbon and have been blamed for being the main contributor to global warming.

2 Non-Renewable

Fossil fuels are non-renewable energy sources. This means that there is a finite amount of fossil fuels available and the reserves are not replenished naturally.?This is not entirely correct, as fossil fuels are products of millions of years of natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of organic matter. The thing is, as opposed to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, it takes millions of years before the formation of fossil fuels takes place in any noteworthy quantities.

3 Unsustainable

We are spending our fossil fuel reserves in a non-sustainable manner. Luckily, this forces us to think different when it comes to energy, which results in the growth of renewable and green sources of energy.

4 Incentivized

One of the major reasons why fossil fuels are as cheap is a history of government incentives. Coal, natural gas and petroleum received $4.22 billion most in direct subsidies – solar got $1.13 billion.

5 Accidents Happen

They are not nearly as serious as accidents related to nuclear power, but on the other hand, fossil fuels will never have the safety of solar and wind. The picture above is from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Comments - 28

Jaiden Rachael and Brooke


April 23, 2013 9:05 pm Reply


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September 12, 2013 11:24 pm Reply


i aggree awesome site

March 12, 2014 12:55 am Reply

Christopher Dean

Hopefully, the government will put more money into increasing renewable sources of energy before too long.

April 26, 2013 4:47 pm Reply

Nate Clay

You are the kind of person this world needs more of….
I mean,come on people lets go out there and show them that!

October 28, 2013 4:14 pm Reply


I agree so lets get out there and find new ways to get energy!

February 17, 2014 11:43 pm Reply

Benjamin Weinberg

In the “Non Renewable” paragraph you say .? which makes no sense.

September 4, 2013 8:40 pm Reply

Dusty Leigh

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October 23, 2013 2:42 pm Reply

ryan david

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December 13, 2013 2:47 pm Reply

ryan david says

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December 13, 2013 2:49 pm Reply


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February 11, 2014 8:54 pm Reply

Omar Zavala

this is the worst pros and cins ive seen u said that we have technology to harness a lot of energy and then u say its unsustainable and fossil fuels are not cheap its in the billions and continues to rise as it becomes more scarce to find

May 15, 2014 5:22 pm Reply

Sean Mars

I am learning about this in school. It is very sad how humans are destroying Earth.

June 9, 2014 3:25 pm Reply

It says we “could” but doesn’t necessarily mean cheaply.

July 2, 2014 1:10 pm Reply


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August 26, 2014 6:11 pm Reply


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September 4, 2014 10:27 am Reply

Hamza Khairi

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September 21, 2014 6:27 pm Reply


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October 8, 2014 9:32 pm Reply



December 12, 2014 3:09 pm Reply


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January 16, 2015 5:57 pm Reply

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March 6, 2015 5:48 pm Reply

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March 18, 2015 9:38 am Reply


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April 10, 2015 10:14 am Reply

Samantha K

Very helpful!
I am writing a research paper on fossil fuels and I need the pros and cons of fossil fuels.

April 20, 2015 4:57 pm Reply



May 12, 2015 3:27 pm Reply


I think that the owner should add more description to the pros and cons because that will give people a bit more information, Other than that this site is ********** Stars

May 16, 2015 5:09 am Reply


yeah i am doing a pros and cons thing too!

May 25, 2015 9:04 pm Reply

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