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There are many ways to produce energy, each one drawing on an equally diverse selection of earth resources. In particular, the extraction and use of fossil fuels, including oil, coal, and gas greatly influences air quality. Various petroleum based industries including upstream oil and gas and refining, as well as industries that use natural gas and coal and oil are all involved in the production of electricity, gasoline, diesel and fuel oil to power our cars, homes and workplaces.
Low-impact renewable energy, such as from the sun and wind, or other types of renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are becoming an increasingly important alternative to fossil fuel based energy production. Although not considered to be low impact renewable energy, nuclear and large scale hydro power plants continue to be important sources of energy production.
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