What is the importance of non-renewable resources?

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A non-renewable resource is one that cannot be produced or regenerated fast enough to keep up with the consumption of it. This means that the natural resource is limited and will eventually be gone because we use too much of it too quickly. Oil, coal, and natural gas are the best examples of a non-renewable resource. Once our supplies of these resources are gone, we must look elsewhere to find other resources.

Running low or running out of a non-renewable resource affects everyone. Where do we get the gasoline to put into our cars? How do we heat our homes? Because much of the oil of the world is found in the Middle East, many nations are dependent on those countries to supply their needed resources.