Fossil fuels are a significant cause of the Greenhouse Effect. Our example dialogue will help you to be able to join in on the conversation around this topic. Get started now!
 

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Listen to the dialogue while reading the text.
What are fossil fuels?en
They are natural fuels formed in the past like coal or natural gas.en
Is oil a fossil fuel?en
Yes, petroleum is a fossil fuel.en
Why do people not like them?en
Because they produce CO2 and pollution when they are burned.en
Is that the only reason?en
Nature is also destroyed when they are extracted.en
Then why do we use them?en
Because we can produce energy very cheaply with them.en
You mean we burn coal and petroleum to produce electricity?en
Yes, most of our electricity comes from fossil fuels.en
 
 
 

Practice the dialog

Complete the dialogue.
 
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What are fossil  ⁠?
 
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They are natural fuels formed in the past like   or natural gas.
 
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Is   a fossil fuel?
 
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Yes, petroleum is a   fuel.
 
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Why do people not   them?
 
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Because they produce CO2 and pollution when they are  ⁠.
 
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Is that the only  ⁠?
 
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Nature is also   when they are extracted.
 
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Then why do we   them?
 
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Because we can produce   very cheaply with them.
 
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You mean we burn coal and petroleum to produce  ⁠?
 
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Yes,   of our electricity comes from fossil fuels.
 
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Practice Listening

Listen to the dialogue and continue with the correct response.
 
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    • The heat is way too hot today.en
       
    • The power is out again.en
       
    • The heat from burning them powers turbines.en
       
 
 
 
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    • Fossil fuels produce too much CO2.en
       
    • Finding fossils is really fun.en
       
    • My brother always buys cheap shoes.en
       
 
 
 
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    • We should use more of this secret spicy sauce.en
       
    • We should use less fossil fuels and more renewable energy.en
       
    • We could also go to the gym more often.en
       
 
 
 
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Speak your answers to the dialogue (when it's your turn). Record your answers to the dialogue (when it's your turn). Then replay your recording and compare each recorded part to the original.
David
What are fossil fuels?en
You
They are natural fuels formed in the past like coal or natural gas.en
Is oil a fossil fuel?en
Yes, petroleum is a fossil fuel.en
Why do people not like them?en
Because they produce CO2 and pollution when they are burned.en
Is that the only reason?en
Nature is also destroyed when they are extracted.en
Then why do we use them?en
Because we can produce energy very cheaply with them.en
You mean we burn coal and petroleum to produce electricity?en
Yes, most of our electricity comes from fossil fuels.en
Speak your answers to the dialogue (when it's your turn). Record your answers to the dialogue (when it's your turn). Then replay your recording and compare each recorded part to the original.
You
What are fossil fuels?en
Ashlee
They are natural fuels formed in the past like coal or natural gas.en
Is oil a fossil fuel?en
Yes, petroleum is a fossil fuel.en
Why do people not like them?en
Because they produce CO2 and pollution when they are burned.en
Is that the only reason?en
Nature is also destroyed when they are extracted.en
Then why do we use them?en
Because we can produce energy very cheaply with them.en
You mean we burn coal and petroleum to produce electricity?en
Yes, most of our electricity comes from fossil fuels.en
 
 
 
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