Fossil energy sources, including oil, coal and natural gas, are non-renewable resources that formed when prehistoric plants and animals died and were gradually buried by layers of rock. Over millions of years, different types of fossil fuels formed -- depending on what combination of organic matter was present, how long it was buried and what temperature and pressure conditions existed as time passed.
Today, fossil fuel industries drill or mine for these energy sources, burn them to lớn produce electricity, or refine them for use as fuel for heating or transportation. Over the past đôi mươi years, nearly three-fourths of human-caused emissions came from the burning of fossil fuels.
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The Energy Department maintains emergency petroleum reserves, ensures responsible development of America’s oil and gas resources and executes natural gas regulatory responsibilities. In addition, scientists at the Energy Department’s National Labs are developing technologies to reduce carbon emissions and ensure fossil energy sources play a role in America’s clean energy future.
The Energy Department is committed to lớn safe development of America’s natural gas resources.
The Energy Department works to lớn ensure domestic and global oil supplies are environmentally sustainable and maintains emergency petroleum stockpiles.
Coal is the largest domestically produced source of energy in America and is used to lớn generate a significant amount of our nation’s electricity.
Office of Fossil Energy's Carbon Storage R&D Program
This webpage has been developed to lớn answer the many questions that people have about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (or fracking). The information provided below explains the basics, including what shale gas is, where it’s found, why it’s import...
The Building Technologies Office works closely with the DOE-funded national labs to lớn develop and demonstrate energy-efficient technologies. The Emer...
The Energy Department is fighting climate change through science, clean energy research, and energy efficiency in our homes, businesses and vehicles.
Carbon capture is an important part of the Energy Department's Fossil Energy research and development efforts, but how does it work? This infographic breaks it down for you.
Yesterday, January 10, 2017, NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration Corporation (JX Nippon) announced that the Petra Nova project -- the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture system – has begun commercial operation at...
Think you know where coal, solar and other power plants are located around the country? Test your knowledge with our power plants quiz!
Our water and energy systems are closely interlinked. Water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation and energy is required to lớn treat and distribute water. As our Nation’s energy and water demand increases, it is as impo...
Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory developed a new catalyst for turning CO2 into fuel that is much cheaper and works much better phàn nàn the platinum used today.
NETL Director Dr. Grace Bochenek today unveiled a contemporary new logo designed to lớn reinforce the Laboratory’s brand as the nation’s prominent fossil-energy science and engineering research center.