The cost of fossil fuels is becoming more and more prohibitively every day, and more and more people are turning to renewable energies. Some people prefer to stay away from the topic of fossil fuels entirely, but this does not make any sense at all. Fossil fuels are what powers our countries and our societies, and we cannot and should not ignore this fact.
We have to learn to live with the fact that fossil fuels will always be around, and we need to learn to make use of them. So it makes sense to learn what these fuels are and how they work. If we learn to use fossil fuels wisely and minimally, we will be able to get our needs for energy met without having to resort to burning our pockets.
Of course, fossil fuels have their own limitations, and some of them will eventually run out. There are limits to everything. Therefore, it is not practical to burn our pockets dry just because there is nothing else in the world that can do the job.
To quote Churchill; “We must learn to live with the fossil fuel.”
Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals, and they are nonrenewable. That means that they can only be mined and burned once. It is therefore only viable to burn them once, because if you keep burning them, eventually you will exhaust the supply. The way that the oil gets out of the ground where we live is that the oil is pushed up the pipes into the city, where it is collected for use. The oil is removed from the pipes and the remaining liquid is stored in a few tankers that are anchored off the coast. If you want to use these tankers, you have to pay for their fuel. And the way to get the money is to have jobs in the city, which gives you jobs for the tankers. This is a very simple model of how this whole system works.
Fossil fuels, coal and natural gas can be used for a wide variety of industrial purposes, and electricity, which is generated from them. Electricity is also created from coal. The coal is mined, and it is converted into a gas called methanol. This is the same gas that is used in the cars, and is also sold to gas plants. The gas is produced, and the methanol is distilled from it.
This whole process means jobs for many people, who make money from it. Not only that, but the methanol is a valuable commodity that is easily sold to other industries that need electricity. Thus, the whole scenario gives a sense of growing the economy, and therefore the country, which is the purpose of the whole exercise. It is interesting to note that, even though natural gas is one form of fossil fuel, it is produced in a way that is not liable to be depleting in supply.
In conclusion, this whole situation makes it very easy to make decisions to shift to alternate fuels, because we have a sense of pride in ourselves for having the knowhow for this. We are not inventing anything new, rather we are following an established practice. We have a sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves. It is interesting to note that other countries are following this scenario as well, in their own way.