The massive emission of greenhouse gases from fossil resources started with the industrial revolution. New industrial techniques required energy and fossil fuel was the source: first coal-fired steam engines powered the industrial revolution. Later countless internal combustion engines largely replaced steam for the propulsion of the means of transport. Constantly improving technology since then has led from electric power generation to a chemistry that produces plastic bags from petroleum. The history of the destruction of the climate is essentially a history of the industrial techniques that take advantage of fossil raw materials.