fossil fuel


Definition of fossil fuel

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

Other Words from fossil fuel

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

Examples of fossil fuel in a Sentence

oil and other fossil fuels
Recent Examples on the Web The future, an uncertain place that is always difficult to imagine, is exactly where the fossil fuel industry wants climate advocacy to dwell. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 15 June 2022 People who are in denial have been influenced too strongly by the fossil fuel industry. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 4 June 2022 While the fossil fuel industry has argued that gas is typically cheaper than electricity, gas ban advocates point to their own data suggesting all-electric homes can be cheaper to build and operate. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 The fossil fuel industry stands in the way of transitioning to alternative energy sources. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Regarding energy mix, nearly all 1.5˚ C models see major reductions in fossil fuel demand, with a particularly sharp decrease in coal consumption. David Carlin, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Increasing renewable energy, currently about 20% of U.S. electricity, can reduce fossil fuel demand. Stacy Morford, The Conversation, 4 Apr. 2022 Investment in oil and gas plummeted over the last two years after the global pandemic crushed fossil fuel demand and pressure mounted from Wall Street, government officials and others to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 But global emissions will not drop if fossil fuel demand does not decline, and prices will be high so long as demand is high. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 30 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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“Fossil fuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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