Millions of years ago trees and plants fell into primeval swamps and creatures sank to the sea floor. Over the millennia they were subjected to huge pressures and temperatures that turned them into fuel. Coal and oil did not go through all that* to have the energy they produce squandered by the Highways Agency illuminating road signs in Scotland that say CAUTION FREEZING CONDITIONS when you are following a gritter, driving through ice and snow with mountains of the stuff by the roadside and snow-smothered hills in the distance. Freezing conditions? WOW! Really? I hadn’t noticed. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
*humblest apologies to Aleksandr Orlov