To keep the price of oil high enough to sustain the industry, oil authorities have developed methods of producing scarcity.
The results of making oil scarce have been harmful to society economically, politically, and socioculturally.
One primary weakness of fossil fuels relate to their chemical makeup.
As operations burn the fuel, they release hydrocarbons that mix with the atmosphere and produce greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide or pollution, including sulphur dioxide--a source of acid rain. Second, even removing the fossil fuel can prove detrimental, even disastrous to the environment, from strip mining operations to oil spills.
If the wind dies down or the sky clouds over, energy production weakens, perhaps when a company needs it most like during a second shift in the evening.