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It is agreed upon by many scientists through geological evidence that organisms have existed on Earth for over a billion years, and humans for about a million. Humans initially lived under the need for more ecological resources than the other organism, and had to compete with other organisms for a share of energy, mostly solar energy, which was vital to human survival. At that time there was desperate need for other energy sources, other than solar, to free humans from the constant battle with other animals for resources.
Between 1200 and 1300 A.D., Britain settlers discovered that dark black rocks along the eastern sea shores would burn, thus a new form of energy was revealed. This finding led to the early coal mining missions, and eventually to the creation of steam-electric power and the ability to smelt metal. In the 1800s, the concept of coal burning was amplifies even more when the next large source of fossil energy-petroleum and natural gas-was tapped. Once tapped, that lead to the creation of the internal combustion engine and diesel-electric power. Lastly, the early 1900s came with mass sourcing of oil shale, which was the third major source of fossil energy discovered.
The rate of production of fossil fuels has been on a constant increase since those black sea coals were found on the British coast in the 1200s. The increase of the rate of production correlates directly with the rise of usage. Over time it has been hard to gauge exactly how much energy and fuel humans actually need to survive. Studies have shown that an overage of energy and fuels has become more a convenience than necessity. In other words, if people produce more then people will use more, and if less is produced less will be consumed. However, less doesn’t mean death

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