fossil fuel

noun

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 fuel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fossil fuel in a Sentence

oil and other fossil fuels
Recent Examples on the Web People don’t realize that there are more people working in energy efficiency and solar than there are in the fossil fuel sector. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How Disney is using ‘Star Wars’ to help Chevy sell electric cars," 25 Feb. 2021 Australian sustainability publication Renew Economy calculated that a wind turbine can pay back the helicopter fossil fuel emissions used to de-ice a turbine with 22 minutes of strong wind. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Meme of wind turbine being de-iced includes 2015 image from Sweden," 19 Feb. 2021 First proposed in 2008, the pipeline has become emblematic of the tensions between economic development and curbing fossil fuel emissions causing climate change. Matthew Daly, ajc, "Dem Sen. Manchin asks Biden to reverse Keystone XL rejection," 9 Feb. 2021 But undoing them will take time and effort by the Biden administration, which has set ambitious goals to fight climate-damaging fossil fuel emissions and lessen the impact of pollutants on lower-income and minority communities. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge blocks Trump administration rule to limit health studies in EPA regulations," 30 Jan. 2021 President Donald Trump, who ridiculed the science of climate change, withdrew the U.S. from the Paris global climate accord, opened more public lands to coal, gas and oil production and weakened regulation on fossil fuel emissions. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Biden aims for most ambitious U.S. effort on climate change by cutting oil, gas emissions," 27 Jan. 2021 The project was proposed in 2008, and the pipeline has become emblematic of the tensions between economic development and curbing the fossil fuel emissions that are causing climate change. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, "Mexican leader says Biden offers $4B for Central America," 23 Jan. 2021 First proposed in 2008, the pipeline has become emblematic of the tensions between economic development and curbing the fossil fuel emissions that are causing climate change. Arkansas Online, "Canada urges Biden not to cancel oil pipeline on first day," 18 Jan. 2021 Drilling on public lands is responsible for roughly a quarter of domestic fossil fuel emissions. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Biden Isn’t a Lost Cause for the Left," 17 Dec. 2020

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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 Feb 2021

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“Fossil fuel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fossil%20fuel. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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fossil fuel

noun

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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