The Ultimate Decline of Fossil Fuel

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The Ultimate Decline of Fossil Fuel


Fossil fuel industry was an industry which flourished several years ago since fossil fuels could be used for various purposes. This was however to the disadvantage of the poor because they could suffer from the fossil fuels used by the wealthy. Animals too were affected since, as much as fossil fuels made life easier, it had an appalling impact on the environment as a whole. How people usually challenged the use of these fossil fuels is something which remains unclear. This is because several influential people relied on it to run to run some machines in their industries among other uses.

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This task, therefore, seeks to discuss how fossil fuel industry could have possibly been challenged. It will look closely into how factors like consumer protection laws, animal rights, slave trade and legislation to end discrimination against women could have contributed to this. The four factors are profoundly link with the eventual decline in the use of fossil fuel. The discussion will borrow from the ideologies of some renowned scholars and this will ultimately help in understanding how fossil fuel industry finally came to an end.

Slave trade

The slave trade is likely to be one of the chief contributors which ultimately led to the end in using fossil fuels (Mouhot, 2011). This is because during that period a section of people campaigned against it, they profoundly linked it to climate change. Slaves were seen as the possible replacement of fossil fuels since the slaves could offer labor to their masters at a free cost. This was considered to be an ideal replacement because whereas the fossil fuels were accompanied with consequences to the environment, slaves could not endanger the environment whatsoever. Fossil fuels could result in the greenhouse gas emission which is very harmful to the lives of human beings, radioactive materials like uranium which is equally very prejudicial to the life of people. This was why people argued that fossil fuels be replaced with slaves. As a result, African kings sold the captives they held during the war to the slave traders who were found along the coast. However, some scholars like William J Nuttall and Devon Manz later drew a line between the Abolition of Slave Trade and ensuring a sustainable environment in the world.

Also, the slaves could not pollute the environment as much as the fossil fuels could pollute. This was echoed by some great scholars back during those days that slave trade had flourished and as a result, more slaves were brought. When slave trade was finally abolished, a lot of things had happened such that man could not think of going back to use fossil fuels. This was an era when a lot of ideas had come to human mind and fossil fuel was long gone(Mouhot, 2011). Slave trade, therefore, contributed to bringing to an end the use of fossil fuels since people considered slaves less pollutant compared to the use of fossil fuel which always degraded the environment.

Animal rights

Nevertheless, animal rights are another issue which challenged the fossil industry. These rights apparently remind human beings that all other animals which are nonhuman beings also deserve to live in an environment which is free from pollution. Human activities, therefore, should not bring them any form of suffering whatsoever. They, therefore, have moral rights just as human beings and they deserve to be accorded some proper respect (Glenn et al. 2007). Animals, therefore, have the right to protection and a right to be treated by a man in the event of falling sick. This could have discouraged a man from using fossil fuel because the laws protected the animals against human activities which could affect their health and in any case it was people to treat them. The effects of using fossil fuels like global warming are very harmful not only to the human beings but animals as well, and men must have feared to face the law should the animals die as a result of their activities. This could have challenged a man to put to an end the use of fossil fuels and look for a friendlier source of power.

The laws to end discrimination

Besides, the laws to end discrimination must have constrained man to put to an end the use fossil fuels. These rules mainly stressed that human beings should be treated equally since no one has the right to life more than others (Naylor et al. 2007). It, therefore, sent an appeal to those whose actions could interfere with others to be very mindful of others. Women also got empowerment out of these laws as they sought to elevate their status in the society by giving them equal rights as their male counterparts. The effects of using fossil fuels could be felt by the poor and the weak in the society, and these laws gave them a voice to speak. Even children were taken into consideration under these laws, and their rights were protected all the same. These laws could mitigate man from engaging in harmful activities which could hinder the health of women while he takes advantage of her and this profoundly led to a decline in the use of fossil fuels. These rules further militated against racial discrimination, and this tried to bridge the gap between the blacks and the white considering that it was during this time that racism had flourished. Everybody became very mindful of his or her activity. The rules had severe consequences, and those who could not comply could face severe punishment and could therefore choose to live in accordance with the rules regardless of their status.

The consumer protection law

Apart from the laws to end discrimination, there is the consumer protection law which is also a chief contributor to ending fossil fuel industry. These laws ensured that the goods the consumers buy are devoid of any danger to their lives, and there is a given standard they have to meet (Pollan, 2010). When the products fail to meet the standards, then it is rendered unsuitable for human consumption. These consumer protection laws are usually different from one country to another, but most importantly, they serve the interest of consumers whether it is in Asia or Europe. The use of fossil fuel was risky in many ways since some of the products consumed by man could have been contaminated by some products of fossil fuel. As earlier mentioned, fossil fuel could result in dangerous products such as thorium which are very harmful if they get into any contact man. Thus, the laws must have restricted a person from using fossil fuel because the rules put human health and safety ahead of any other thing.


In conclusion, fossil fuel was an important discovery back in the days when the man had not discovered other sources of fuel and power, but it eventually proved to be very costly with regards to its effects. For instance, it could result in global warming or greenhouse gas emission. These effects are very harmful to the life of a human being and therefore, there was a need to bring the fossil industry to an end for that matter.


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Mouhot, J.F., 2011. Past connections and present similarities in slave ownership and fossil fuel usage. Climatic change, 105(1-2), pp.329-355.

Naylor, R.L., Liska, A.J., Burke, M.B., Falcon, W.P., Gaskell, J.C., Rozelle, S.D. and Cassman, K.G., 2007. The ripple effect: biofuels, food security, and the environment. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 49(9), pp.30-43.

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