Industry Insider

04.20.16

Where Fossil Fuels Come From

There are three major forms of fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. All three were formed many hundreds of millions of years ago before the time of the dinosaurs - hence the name fossil fuels. The age they were formed is called the Carboniferous Period. It was part of the Paleozoic Era. "Carboniferous" gets its name from carbon, the basic element in coal and other fossil fuels.

 

02.16.16

What is Petroleum

Oil and natural gas together make petroleum. Petroleum, which is Latin for "rock oil," is a fossil fuel, meaning it was made naturally from decaying prehistoric plant and animal remains. It is a mixture of hundreds of different hydrocarbons molecules containing hydrogen and carbon that exist sometimes as a liquid (crude oil) and sometimes as a vapor (natural gas).

 

02.23.11

The Impacts of Canadian Oil Sands Development on the United States' Economy

According to a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), Canadian oil sands will boost the nation's economy by creating more than 342,000 new U.S. jobs between 2011 and 2015.