A hydrocarbon is an organic chemical compound composed exclusively of hydrogen and carbon atoms. Hydrocarbons are naturally-occurring compounds and form the basis of crude oil, natural gas, coal, and other important energy sources.
Hydrocarbons are highly combustible and produce carbon dioxide, water, and heat when they are burned. Therefore, hydrocarbons are highly effective as a source of fuel.
- Hydrocarbons are chemical compounds that are utilized as the basis of the vast majority of global energy production.
- A variety of complex technologies and techniques have been developed for extracting hydrocarbons from deep within the earth.
- Some of the world's largest companies are hydrocarbon companies, primarily oil and gas companies.
- The use of hydrocarbons as an energy source has negatively impacted the world's climate in a significant way, resulting in climate change.
- Because of the serious environmental cost of using hydrocarbons as a primary source of energy, attempts to move away from them towards alternative energy sources, such as solar, nuclear, wind, and geothermal power have increased significantly.
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