Reduction of surface and groundwater pollution
Extraction of fossil fuels such as coal and oil from underground degrades and contaminates the groundwater supply. Water pollution and can make it unfit for human and animal consumption.
Reducing soil disruption and wildlife
The buildings, equipment and roads needed to extract fossil fuels and produce usable energy are a disorder of wildlife and the natural environment. Natural habitat has been reduced at the site of fossil fuels as well as in areas around roads and railways erected to transport raw materials, where they are processed and used.
Fewer opportunities for oil spills
The potential for oil spills is a known risk of our dependence on fossil fuels. By reducing the amount of energy we consume we are also reducing the amount of oil that needs to be transported around the world.