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A term for fuels derived from the remains of plants or animals by geological processes over long time periods. A blanket term covering coal, oil, and natural gas.

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Did "fossil-fuel pollution [kill] three times as many people as COVID-19 did" in 2020?

Bill McKibben writes for The New Yorker in a March 18, 2022 article titled "In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things" (emphasis added): Our species depends on combustion; it made us human, ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

According to Energy Consulting Group's "SpaceX's Starship May Nearly Triple US Natural Gas Demand" page, Our analysis indicates that a fully configured Starship launch (booster and Starship)...
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At the current rate are we going run out of fossil fuels by 2060?

British energy company Octopus Energy claims on their blog: If we keep burning fossil fuels at our current rate, it is generally estimated that all our fossil fuels will be depleted by 2060. This ...
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Have there been no long lines or price hikes for gas in the eastern US?

On May 11, 2021, the New York Times reported Colonial Pipeline, a vital U.S. fuel artery that was shut down by a cyberattack, said it hoped to restore most operations by the end of the week. Since ...
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Does fossil fuels use since 1990 account for half of all the fossil fuels used in history?

This recent claim appeared on Twitter: If you are 29, you’ve been alive when half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of human history have been burned The source appears to be an ...
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Does the UK subsidise fossil fuels more than other European countries? [closed]

According to a recent report in the Guardian the UK has much higher subsidies on fossil fuels than other European countries (presumably, it is the Guardian, this is a very bad thing). They report: ...
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Are home owners required by law to connect gas in Victoria, Australia?

The One Step Off The Grid website claims that home owners in Victoria are required to connect to the gas network. It does not give an easy way to verify this claim. Did you know Victoria’s building ...
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Is filling multiple vehicles in one transaction at a gas station a safety hazard?

According to this gas station, pumping gasoline into more than one vehicle is a serious safety hazard: The gas station making this claim charges different customers different prices per gallon ...
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Does the fossil fuel industry benefit from trillions of dollars of subsidy from governments every year?

This IMF working paper claims that the fossil fuel industry benefits from trillions of dollars of government subsidies every year. It is a working paper intended to "promote discussion" and not the ...
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Can Hemp free us from oil dependency?

Within this article it makes the claim that hemp oil is a viable alternative to crude oil. It doesn't go into any detail. It only states that hemp oil is a "clean fuel" while listing in the title "...
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Does Shell's "Nitrogen enriched" gas have positive effects?

Shell gas stations here in Canada claim to be "nitrogen enriched"; WHY SHOULD YOU USE SHELL NITROGEN ENRICHED GASOLINE? It is the only gasoline that contains the patented and exclusive ...
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Did Willie Soon fail to disclose a conflict of interest with the fossil fuel lobby?

Willie Soon recently co-authored a paper that criticised the big computer models used for many projections of future climate (which in turn have fed the IPCC process that drive consensus climate ...
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Did oil come from Dinosaurs?

Oil (and other carbon based fuels like Coal, but for this question, I'm more interested in Oil) is widely regarded as a "Fossil Fuel" because its origin was ancient flora and fauna, buried deep below ...
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Are fossil fuels making the world greener?

The popular understanding (at least among those who are not climate skeptics) of global warming is that it is likely to create environmental catastrophe for reasons such as spreading deserts and ...
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Can getting in and out of a vehicle at a gas station cause combustion?

The warning signs at gas stations warn that you ought not enter and exit your vehicle while filling up your tank at the gas station. I have also been told by many people that doing so runs a risk of ...
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Does the time of day affect fuel economy?

One tip that I heard as a young driver was something along the following: Try to refuel in the early morning or in the evening as the denser gas will get you better fuel economy. Since then I ...
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Can an on-the-fly water electrolyzer linked to the air intake improve fuel efficiency of a gasoline engine?

This article initially seems to investigate so-called water powered cars. The final few paragraphs of the article however branches off into discussion about a system where (as I understand it): A car'...
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Do black cars consume more fuel?

Some time in 2009, California passed new regulations, banning black cars (here's one source) on the grounds that black cars have higher emissions than other colors of cars. The theory is that black ...
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Are electric cars better for the environment than internal-combustion cars? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does a car with a hybrid engine and Lithium batteries pollute more than a car with conventional technology? We hear a lot about electric cars being the future. But we also ...
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Why do we not have vehicles that meet or exceed the MPG ratings of vehicles that were available in the 1990s

I'm seeing some conspiracy theories making the rounds which claim that car-manufacturers are intentionally making cars that aren't as fuel efficient as they used to be. They often point to the Geo ...
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Is there a deep, hot biosphere?

Thomas Gold claims that oil is not aging vegetal or animal matter, but rather made continously from bacteria deep in the Earth's mantle (a 'deep hot biosphere') so that we would effectively never have ...
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Do coal plants release more radiation than nuclear power plants?

As a response to the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant I've heard the claim that fossil-fuel power plants using coal release more radiation than a nuclear power plant. I searched for some ...
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