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Unformatted text preview: But oil, like other energy sources, had major setbacks and continues to negatively impact the Earth to this day. The burning of fossil fuels has polluted Earth’s atmosphere with greenhouse gasses, while the construction of nuclear plants and hydropower dams has left the area susceptible to catastrophic accidents, such as the huge nuclear explosion in Chernobyl that left thousands dead and mutated (McNeill 390). Another consequence of the huge population growth is deforestation. In order to make room for new people and cattle, forests are cut and burned. The obliteration of forests not only decreases the amount of biodiversity but also increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the air since plants are no longer there to inhale the gas....
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