Fossil fuels and climate change: the facts

Fossil fuel companies spend millions on ad campaigns about clean energy, while they continue to increase the production of oil and gas, which release emissions that have a devastating impact on our planet. The science is clear – we’re in a climate emergency that fossil fuels are helping to create. Here are the facts:

What are fossil fuels?

Fossil fuels are formed from the decomposition of buried carbon-based organisms that died millions of years ago. They create carbon-rich deposits that are extracted and burned for energy. They are non-renewable and currently supply around 80% of the world’s energy. They are also used to make plastic, steel, and a huge range of products. There are three types of fossil fuels – coal, oil, and gas.

What is the impact of fossil fuels on our planet?

When fossil fuels are burned, they release large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into the air. Greenhouse gases trap heat in our atmosphere, causing global warming. Already the average global temperature has increased by 1 degree Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit). Warming above 1.5°C risks further sea-level rise, extreme weather, biodiversity loss, and species extinction, as well as food scarcity, worsening health, and poverty for millions of people worldwide.

We need to phase out fossil fuels.

The fossil fuel industry and its political allies have tried to convince us that they are inevitable. But we know that’s not true. The transition to a clean, healthy, just, renewable energy economy can include everyone. It can clean up pollution, create millions of high-paying union jobs, and help end historic injustices, allowing all our communities to thrive. We need strong climate action that will facilitate a just transition and enable a future in which we can all thrive

Our goal at ABEST is to serve New York residents with renewable electricity to help reduce their carbon footprint. Our focus has been to educate and help individuals do their part too and help fight against climate change by offering eco-friendly products and services. Renewable energy helps to reduce emissions by creating a way to move away from fossil fuels, which contribute, to the greenhouse gasses.

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