Alternative Energy [3 Vols] by Neil Schlager and Jayne Weisblatt

By Neil Schlager and Jayne Weisblatt

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Countries have clashed over the issue of oil. Air and water pollution are also global issues. The pollutants that come from fossil fuels can spread from country to country. Developing nations, such as Thailand and China, have been rapidly increasing the number of cars owned and of fossil fuel-powered factories and power plants, which has resulted in an increase in air pollution. International groups that want to protect the environment must balance air and water quality with the desire of poorer nations to improve their economies.

Foreign oil is becoming more expensive, however, especially as other countries increase their oil consumption. S. sites to oil exploration and drilling partly because the oil industry can create so many good jobs. A sudden change in oil prices can be disruptive to the United States and world economies. For example, oil prices rose steeply in 28 Alternative Energy FOSSIL FUELS the 1970s, creating an oil shock and inspiring car manufacturers to improve fuel economy. Oil prices were low and stable during the late 1980s and most of the 1990s.

The increase in global temperatures can cause many problems. A possible effect is a rise in sea levels, which can change the shape of coastlines; cause changes in forests, crops, and water supplies; and harm the health of humans and animals. Fossil fuels account for 98 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, 24 percent of methane emissions, and 18 percent of nitrous oxide emissions. Oil spills When transporting petroleum, there is always the danger that the oil will leak out of its tank and contaminate the local environment.

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