What Would Happen If Fossil Fuels Run Out One Day And How Would We Adapt?

9 Apr
2021

What Would Happen If Fossil Fuels Run Out One Day And How Would We Adapt?

How are we using Fossil Fuels?

Fossil fuels power our industries. It creates modern global transportation. Manufacturing industries harness it to reach the market demands for products and goods.

However, burning carbon-based fuels produces large amounts of carbon dioxide. This results in the greenhouse effect, which drives climate change.

What type of scenario will happen if we run out of Fossil fuels one day?

1) Electrical Failure

Electricity is created by Fossil Fuels in the Power generators. If fossil fuels run out one day, electricity failure will happen.

This will produce an undesirable occurrence in hospitals in low-to-middle income countries. When fossil fuels are not available, surgeries will be affected halfway. Ventilators and a lot of medical treatment machines will stop working. Patients will be in critical conditions throughout the hospital.

2) Global Transportation

Global Transportation is the reason that humans are able to survive through covid-19. Without fossil fuel, essential items such as masks and PPE are unable to reach to other countries in time.


Large-scale international trade would shut down. Commuter transportation could transit to electric rail or electric cars quickly. Let’s face the inevitable news. For container ships, renewable energy is unable to power them across the world.

Most large cargo vessels are powered by bunker fuel. It is also known as Heavy Fuel Oil, which contains higher Sulphur levels than diesel.

3) Food chain logistics will be disrupt

Without global transportation, food chain logistics will be badly affected. Restaurants will be the first industry to shut down in batches.


Sushi restaurants will find it hard to import fresh salmon from Japan without global transportation.


Food production would have to be local. Electricity shortages might make refrigerators too expensive to run. Big cities would lose their living appeal. People will move out in droves to rural areas to live closer to food sources.

4) Economy will grind to a halt

International trade would grind to a halt. The global economy will be constrained to a semi-local condition as there will be no more fuel to move products around. Foreign goods would become expensive. National economies that depend on international trade would sink into a deep economic depression.

However, it doesn’t look too bad.

Covid-19 has shown us that humans are adaptative to our surroundings. We will move forward as a new agrarian society, with advanced technological skills and a cleaner environment.

Fortunately, the world is searching for various ways to use clean energy

Right now, we are seeking out renewables energy, such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass.

More than 80% of new electricity generating projects built last year were renewable. It has led to a 10.3% rise in total installed zero-carbon electricity generation globally.