The Fossils in Fossil Fuels
Coal, oil, and natural gas are the remains of ancient plants and plankton.
Fossil fuels contain carbon removed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and stored in ancient plants and plankton.
Fossil fuels are NOT a renewable resource.
Coal formed from ancient forests.
Oil and natural gas formed from ancient plankton.
Coal and gas are burned to generate power for utilities and electronics.
Oil is refined into gasoline to fuel cars, trucks, airplanes, and boats.
Plastics are made from the petroleum byproducts of refining old and natural gas.
Fossil fuels are extracted by drilling and mining underground.