Fossil Fuel

Fossil Fuel refers to combustible organic material such as coal, oil, or natural gas that is formed from the remains of living organisms.

Arguments in favor of Arguments opposing
Fossil Fuels are formed from remains of livings organisms over millions of years.
A high level of reserves is readily available and sufficient for the short term consumption. The current level of consumption deplets the reserves much faster than the speed at which the new reserves are built.
Fossil Fuels contain high level of carbon. 
Fossil fuels are efficient energy source (i.e. burning fossil fuels produces high level of energy per unit weight). Fossil fuels produce high level of greenhouse gas and various air pollutants.
Fossil Fuels are used as the main source of energy worldwide.
There is a large infrastructure in place to support the production, transport and consumption of fossil fuels. Considering the natural limitation of Fossil Fuels, there will be an eventual need for developing the technology and infrastructure for alternative energy sources.

Competing Views...

Ban Ki-moon: "Yet the clear and present danger of climate change means we cannot burn our way to prosperity. We already rely too heavily on fossil fuels. We need to find a new, sustainable path to the future we want. We need a clean industrial revolution.", Clean Industrial Revolution Event in Durban, 6 December 2011, [URL]

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