Massive and on-going advances in our lives (↑ life expectancy, ↓ hunger, ↑innovation, ↑work efficiency, etc.) can be directly correlated to the widespread commercial use of fossil fuels as they began to power the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s.
Few informed individuals would deny that the energy provided by fossil fuels is still necessary to maintain and continue improving our standard of living in developed countries, as well as providing the energy necessary to bring those same improvements to developing countries. The fossil fuel extraction industry continues to reliably produce their life-enhancing product, and yet it is among the most vilified industries on the planet today.
This apparent contradiction is even more remarkable when you consider the historical frame: an industry whose product has literally changed our world for the better in so many ways was born, has matured and then fallen to widespread public contempt in less than 200 years. How can this be the case?