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Why are alkanes used as fuels?

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Smaller alkanes burn well to produce lots of heat energy and carbon dioxide and water as byproducts - so per gram weight they are efficient fuels. At one time we would have regarded both of these byproducts as relatively benign and it is only recently that we have realised that carbon dioxide is having a very negative effect on the earth's climate due to an increase in the greenhouse effect.

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