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IT KILLS US GETTING IT OUT - Mining is traditionally a dangerous occupation. If a mine collapse does not get you, the carcinogenic dust will do you no good.
Oil is the product of millions of years of decay of tiny plants and animals under layers of sand and mud.
The oil we find underground is called crude oil.
Crude oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons - from almost solid to
a gaseous state.
For this reason any fractions that go into fuels, like kerosene, petroleum and diesel, pass through hydrofiners to remove the sulphur, except for bunker fuel which has a high sulphur content and is now being phased out for marine transport.
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.
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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