fossil fuel


Definition of fossil fuel

: a fuel (such as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains

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Other Words from fossil fuel

fossil-fueled \ ˈfä-​səl-​ˌfyü(-​ə)ld How to pronounce fossil-fueled (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fossil fuel in a Sentence

oil and other fossil fuels

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The division has been hit by mismanagement, bad deal making and a market shift away from fossil fuels in favor of renewable sources for a greater portion of electricity generation. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Power Has a $92 Billion Backlog. For New Boss, That’s a Problem.," 13 Feb. 2019 PRNewsfoto/NET Power, LLC Climate change is unquestionably a sprawling, incredibly urgent global problem, and the transition away from fossil fuels is the biggest challenge humanity has ever taken on. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 The plan centers on a committee that would be tasked to write policies and create jobs that transition the country away from fossil fuels. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Supported Protesters at Nancy Pelosi's Office During Her Congressional Orientation," 14 Nov. 2018 CNBC Fossil Fuels Irish lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make the country the first to completely divest from fossil fuels. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump Diplomacy, Wilbur Ross, China Surplus: CEO Daily for July 13, 2018," 13 July 2018 German wind farms have underpinned the country’s radical shift away from fossil fuels. Lars Paulsson,, "Europe’s Electricity Supply Could Drop Just in Time for the Next Blast of Heat," 22 June 2018 Instead, the fund lost approximately $79 million over that period by failing to divest from fossil fuels., "Should Massachusetts divest its pension fund from fossil fuel companies?," 15 June 2018 Despite resistance from climate contrarians and the Trump administration, the world has begun a historic shift from fossil fuels to energy sources that produce far fewer greenhouse gases. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Energy: A Human History,’ by Richard Rhodes," 7 June 2018 Problem is, almost none of that new capacity came from fossil fuels. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Renewable Energy Is Surviving Trump," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of fossil fuel

1759, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fossil fuel

: a fuel (such as coal, oil, or natural gas) that is formed in the earth from dead plants or animals

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