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Diesel is a fossil fuel derived from the fractional distillation of crude oil that is used to fuel automotive vehicles, buses, cars, vans and trucks, for land transport and boat & ship engines for marine use.
In particular, cities like London, are dangerous places to live with carcinogenic particulates from public transport. It will be possible to replace diesel powered vehicles with smart service stations that carry standardized battery (or hydrogen fuel cell) cartridges.
Fossil fuels kick started our industrial revolution, powered steam ships and generated electricity as we released the energy in coal and later oil, to make things happen at a faster pace. Cars and aircraft being an example of things we now take for granted that pollute big time and cause lung cancer.
But it was a brilliant time for engineers and town planners who thought they could rely of this energy source without any consequences. Because after all the world is a big place. Surely humans could not alter the delicate ecological balance of planet earth just by driving a few cars and lighting a few home fires. Then came central heating. Sh*#%
Sadly, we can. We did and we still are, even though we now know how dangerous our excesses are to other species - and we are also set for extinction if we do nothing to swap fossil fuels for clean renewable energy sources.
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