D.        None of the Above
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Seeming counterintuitive and/or paradoxical it was many of the negative attributes affiliated with fossil
fuels functioning to enhance the appeal...

Whether 1,2,3 or, 3,2,1 Fossil Fuels represented many of the things sustainable/alternative/fuels were
thought to 'not' offer.  it is now believed it was here where the ubiquitous hesitation to change was
rooted...


1.        Of course it was an inefficient fuel source but. this equated to high demand.  From extraction to
final product It was a process requiring substantial effort but, this spawned the rise of mega-corporations
and well-compensated employment to millions both in production and peripheral industries.  

2.        Meanwhile, millions of investors enjoyed substantial and sustained personal wealth. These
publically owned oil companies experienced astounding profits and had many friends 'rooting' for their
success.

3.        It was a volatile commodity susceptible to catastrophic events (natural, actual, or otherwise)-  
This did not merely invite market manipulation,  it demanded it!

Relative to the individual, fossil fuels powered the car that got them to work
and, was bought from the company who's success assures some degree of wealth in the present
and, enhanced financial security in retirement.  


The issue, it seems, had less to do with status of alternative technology and more to do with the current
national and global  economic infrastructures.  When the wealth of a country is found in the few,  there is
less attention given to the true market value of crude oil...The addiction has distorted the perceptions of
all involved and has devolved as an argument relevant to the global economy first, stewardship of the
planet second.  

Ultimately ' clean' fuels did employ fewer people (just the fact these fuels were/are clean made those
who liked to clean largely irrelevant). gradually fewer and fewer people became ill
COMBUSTION II
(Expanded)
4.  In what Decade was the combustion engine no longer available for purchase?
ring

end of the combustion engine

usage in the past

It was a volatile commodity susceptible to catastrophic events (natural, actual, or otherwise)- This did not merely invite market manipulation, it demanded it!