Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy

To make earth cleaner, greener and safer, which energy sources should humanity rely on? Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress explains how modern societies have cleaned up our water, air and streets using the very energy sources you may not have expected–oil, coal and natural gas.

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Alex Epstein works at the Center for Industrial Progress for Prager University.

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    Stephanie

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    Since 1990 carbon emissions have increased due to the burning of fossil fuels by sources such as industries, transportation, electricity and residential dwellings: human activity, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The burning of fossil fuels contributes to the depletion of Earth’s natural resources – oxygen – while carbon dioxide rises in turn. The carbon is cycled through the ecosystems exchanging stored carbon. If the rate of burning of fossil fuels increases, the proportional rate of carbon absorption (land or oceans) begins to falter, thus remaining in the atmosphere. Disrupting the exchange of carbon in the atmosphere can result in the acidification of oceans and change in climate temperatures throughout land and oceans. This disruption can result in hindering the stability of life. How can increasing the use of fossil fuels be the ‘greenest energy?’

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    JayPee

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    @Stephanie

    The politics you speak of is not science.
    Don’t claim to know what science is when you understand nothing of it.
    Kneel at the side of propagandist idiots if you want but don’t expect others to just because it makes you feel good.
    There are people who think differently than you.

    There are people who know more than you.

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    Stephanie

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    @JayPee

    Wouldn’t the continuous use of fossils fuels, and possible increases, produce additional changes to the climate systems? For instance, increasing the burning of fossil fuels influences the amount of carbon dioxide transmitted in the atmosphere, which can obstruct the way the earth’s absorbs or reflects solar radiation. Carbon dioxide is just one feedback out of the known greenhouse gases (water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide) that play a part in changing the land and atmosphere. Yes, of course, throughout geological history climate has fluctuated. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published an article discussing atmospheric carbon dioxide; since the Industrial revolution human activity of burning fossils fuels has increased the amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from around 280 ppm to current of about 400 ppm. That’s quite a change in roughly 50 years. So, if human activity is a factor in dramatically increasing greenhouse gases, then wouldn’t the best resolution be attempt to slow down the rate of carbon dioxide and to allow carbon to be exchanged at equilibrium with the land and atmosphere? I am in attempt to understand the need to continue the use of the cheap and reliable fossil fuels, when there is an issue with greenhouse gases effecting the land and atmosphere.

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    JayPee

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    @Stephanie

    EMPHATICALLY NO !

    You obviously want to believe AGW and the spumiferous notion of Climate Change, whatever that is deemed to mean presently.
    Go ahead and believe. But, it is not science. What you are embracing is religion.

    Btw, have you ever considered the notion that there is no Greenhouse Effect ? That alone destroys ALL argumentation about Climate Change and AGW.

    Continue on with your blind faith hysteria if so desire. Do not expect others to follow most especially fore there is NO scientific foundation for your beliefs.

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