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Should we phase out fossil fuels?

Fossil fuels are used to generate power in various facilities, providing energy for our homes, appliances, and devices. This energy has become critical to our daily lives, in turn making the use of fossil fuels essential. Despite this, debates have sprouted forth, contesting the use of fossil fuels to generate power. The questions posed by these debates are: Should the use of fossil fuels be discontinued due to their effects on climate? Or should we continue to use them for fear of economic setbacks?

Yes, we should phase out fossil fuels

Fossil fuels cause irreparable damage to society at large and should be phased out to prevent any further damage.

The use of fossil fuels contributes to global climate change

Using fossil fuels drives climate change, a pervasive issue that can affect the lives of many. Fossil fuels contribute towards our carbon footprint, releasing more greenhouse gases into the air which drives global warming.

The use of fossil fuels can have a direct negative impact on human health

Using fossil fuels as a power resource is accompanied by a slew of risks to human health. Affected populations can find themselves having respiratory issues, getting cancer, as well as become subject to some of the more indirect issues related to climate change such as urban heat islands.

The fossil fuel industry plays a critical role in the perpetuation of environmental racism

The fossil fuel industry subjects low-income communities, specifically those of color, to a lower standard of living. Pollution generated by fossil fuel power plants results in a large number of health issues and premature deaths in marginalized neighborhoods.

No, we should not phase out fossil fuels

Fossil fuels are too important to get rid of, and doing so will only do more harm to our society than it will any good.

Phasing out fossil fuels would negatively impact the job market

The fossil fuel industry holds a considerable place in the job market. Getting rid of the fossil fuel industry would result in a substantial loss of jobs, putting many people out of work.

Replacing fossil fuels would be too costly and time-consuming

It would take a great deal of time and money for fossil fuels to be effectively replaced with clean energy. The time and money required to make the transition would likely do damage to the economy.
This page was last edited on Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 23:15 UTC