Comparing Coal and Oil

Comparing Coal and Oil


Use the resources in the “Understanding What You Learned” section of the Energy Resources and Trade-Offs student E-Sheet to help you write the following essay.


Write a two-page essay comparing coal and oil. Make these points in your essay:

  • General differences of the resources, such as how/where they are found or obtained.
  • How obtaining these energy resources can have an impact on the environment.
  • Any trade-offs that have already occurred, or could occur, regarding the two types of energy resources you have read about. Examples are wildlife vs. human need, or a community vs. country need.
  • Whether or not the trade-offs are between desirable possibilities or outcomes.

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