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Geologic Resources. Autumn Million Jen DePaoli. There are three major fossil fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas Currently provide 85% of all the energy consumed in the United States. 2/3 of electricity Just about all of our transportation fuels.

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geologic resources

Geologic Resources

Autumn Million

Jen DePaoli

fossil fuels
There are three major fossil fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas

Currently provide 85% of all the energy consumed in the United States.

2/3 of electricity

Just about all of our transportation fuels

Coal, oil, and gas are fossil fuels because they were formed from the fossilized remains of prehistoric animals and plant .

Fossil Fuels
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The environmental issues that are on the rise due to the burning of fossil fuels, and carbon dioxide being produced and emitted in the environment creating a greenhouse effect, causing global warming.

Fossil fuels are currently the most economically exploitable sources of power for personal and commercial use

Fossil Fuels
Is used primarily for electricity

Supplies more than half the electricity consumed by Americans

¼ of the world’s coal reserves are found in the United States

Research and development programs are regulating more effective pollution controls for existing coal-fired power plants.

Coal is a mixture of organic chemical substances containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.

It also contains small amounts of nitrogen and sulfur.

Coal has had a big impact on the environment and it has also created health problems for coal miners due to over exposure to coal.

Supplies more than 40% of our total energy demands

Supplies 99% of our automobile fuel

Along with natural gas, supplies more than 60% of energy consumed in the US

The US obtains less than half of its oil from domestic fields

Two-thirds of oil discovered in the US remains in the ground

Alternative fuels such as ethanol and methane which are cleaner burning

OPEC controls much of world’s oil

Cause of high gas prices

Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Stockpiled oil along the Gulf coastline

Pres. Bush has ordered it to be filled to its 700 million barrel capacity by 2005

natural gas
900 of the next 1000 power plants in the US will use natural gas

Domestically produced and readily available

Over half of America’s homes and businesses use natural gas

Accounts for 24% of all energy consumed in US

Natural Gas
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Because of efficiency gains, average homes use 22% less natural gas than they did 20 years ago

An increasing source of alternative fuel because of its less harmful emissions

Over 100,000 cars in the US run on natural gas

Natural gas produces less carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides than other fossil fuels

Natural Gas
other energy sources
Geothermal energy

Heat from the Earth

Can be taken from shallow ground all the way to molten rock


Nuclear power

Solar power

Wind power

Other Energy Sources