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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What impact divestment campaigns have on the share prices of fossil fuels is unclear. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Ireland Moves to Divest From Fossil Fuels," 12 July 2018 Democrats are pushing a Green New Deal to end the use of fossil fuels and rely entirely on renewable energy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Green New Deal in Profile," 4 Feb. 2019 On Monday, a San Francisco federal judge ruled in favor of Big Oil, throwing out a prominent lawsuit brought by two California cities, Oakland and San Francisco, over the fossil fuel industry’s responsibility in dealing with climate change. Jackie Flynn Mogensen, WIRED, "San Francisco vs. Big Oil: Climate Case Dismissed," 27 June 2018 Other Middle Eastern producers, such as the United Arab Emirates, are also hedging their bets, talking up clean energy but also reaffirming their commitment to using fossil fuels for half their energy needs until at least 2050. The Economist, "When the sun sets on oilThe Middle East and Russia are ill-prepared for a low-carbon future," 15 Mar. 2018 In India, the growth of renewables is on track to soon outpace fossil fuels for the first time. Tom Randall,, "Earth’s Relentless Warming Sets a Brutal New Record in 2017," 18 Jan. 2018 Exxon Mobil quit the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying group bankrolled by fossil fuel companies, following a disagreement over climate-change policy. Kevin Crowley And Ari Natter, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon quits Koch-backed business group after climate change disagreement," 13 July 2018 The biased coverage has conspiratorial roots, Musk claimed, the result of an advertising alliance between fossil fuel companies and the media. Peter Holley,, "Pravda: Elon Musk's solution for punishing journalists," 24 May 2018 The museum no longer owns stock directly in fossil fuel companies. NBC News, "Leaked documents show fossil fuel holdings of green nonprofits," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of fossil fuel

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fossil fuel was in 1759

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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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