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The burning of fossil fuels leads to many environmental impacts:
During exploration, preparation, and transportation of fuels there is acid drainage from abandoned coal mines, air pollution from refineries, and land and water pollution from oil spills.
From the burning of fuels there are impacts on health and the environment from smog, acid rain, and toxic air pollution. These toxic compounds cause thousands of premature deaths each year in the United States alone.
Also as a result of fuel burning there are emissions of direct and indirect greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, ozone, and nitrous oxide.