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
Recent Examples on the Web Cap and trade, the environmental legislation intended to push businesses away from fossil fuels, is back on the docket in Salem with some significant tweaks. oregonlive, "Will climate change policy lead to another walk-out in the Oregon Legislature? Beat Check podcast," 3 Feb. 2020 The vehicles cost 40% less to operate than fossil fuel-powered cars, and generate 30% more revenue, according to her. Fathiya Dahrul,, "Grab Faces Off Against Tesla Taxis in a War of Cabs in Indonesia," 22 Sep. 2019 Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, so its appeal to the fossil fuel-addicted auto and aerospace industries is obvious. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "This company wants to fill the skies with hydrogen-powered planes by 2022," 14 Aug. 2019 That includes other fuel-guzzling industries; governments for failing to explain the need for carbon taxes, and find ways to capture and store carbon; and society at large for its utter dependence on fossil fuels. The Economist, "Shell’s boss delivers some hard truths on oil and climate change," 4 July 2019 Nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, released from tailpipes and fossil fuel power plants, react with heat and sunlight in the atmosphere to form ozone. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Decades of U.S. air quality improvements may be slowing, and these areas have it the worst," 4 Feb. 2020 In a victory for fossil fuel producers and real estate developers, the Trump administration on Thursday will replace an Obama-era regulation that protects 60 percent of the country's waterways. TheWeek, "Trump administration to finalize rule removing environmental protections for streams and wetlands," 23 Jan. 2020 Gross says such efficiency can deliver heat 20 percent more cheaply than fossil fuels can. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming," 21 Jan. 2020 This is the predicament facing the German industrial titan, as activists campaign their relatively small involvement in Australia’s fossil fuel industry. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Welcome to the future (of Fortune, that is)," 15 Jan. 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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22 Feb 2020

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“Fossil fuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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