oilAs I sit at this laptop computer, a quick look around me shows I am bathing in oil.

Every time I see something made of “plastic,” I am actually looking at a refined petroleum by-product.

This computer case used to be oil. So was the mother board inside the computer. The barrels of every one of my pens, as well as the ink cartridges inside. My pill bottles; the clock case; the stick deodorant case; my two flashlight tubes; 100 percent of my chair; straws and coffee cups; my CD and DVD cases and the disks inside both.

How about food and medical ingredients.  The actual “pill” container holding my medication.  I drink powdered polyethylene glycol as a laxative – the same stuff you will find in anti-freeze.

This not a political article.  This article is no tome on the fears of an oil shortage.  If the Middle East blows itself up in civil war, or just plain mutual destruction, I’m guessing the “powers that be” in the United States will finally see the wisdom on increased imports from Canada, the Gulf, and the Rocky Mountains.  Maybe we won’t sell so much to China.

No, I’m not talking about war.  I’m simply observing the overwhelming reliance we have on oil in our daily lives – we are literally bathing in it.  Next time you get in your car, just stop, sit, and touch everything made out of oil – you are surrounded by it!

Here is just “A partial list” of products made from Petroleum.by the Ranken Energy Corporation.   WIKIPEDIA has more items listed later.

A partial list of products made from Petroleum (144 of 6000 items)
One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make things like:

Solvents Diesel fuel Motor Oil Bearing Grease
Ink Floor Wax Ballpoint Pens Football Cleats
Upholstery Sweaters Boats Insecticides
Bicycle Tires Sports Car Bodies Nail Polish Fishing lures
Dresses Tires Golf Bags Perfumes
Cassettes Dishwasher parts Tool Boxes Shoe Polish
Motorcycle Helmet Caulking Petroleum Jelly Transparent Tape
CD Player Faucet Washers Antiseptics Clothesline
Curtains Food Preservatives Basketballs Soap
Vitamin Capsules Antihistamines Purses Shoes
Dashboards Cortisone Deodorant Footballs
Putty Dyes Panty Hose Refrigerant
Percolators Life Jackets Rubbing Alcohol Linings
Skis TV Cabinets Shag Rugs Electrician’s Tape
Tool Racks Car Battery Cases Epoxy Paint
Mops Slacks Insect Repellent Oil Filters
Umbrellas Yarn Fertilizers Hair Coloring
Roofing Toilet Seats Fishing Rods Lipstick
Denture Adhesive Linoleum Ice Cube Trays Synthetic Rubber
Speakers Plastic Wood Electric Blankets Glycerin
Tennis Rackets Rubber Cement Fishing Boots Dice
Nylon Rope Candles Trash Bags House Paint
Water Pipes Hand Lotion Roller Skates Surf Boards
Shampoo Wheels Paint Rollers Shower Curtains
Guitar Strings Luggage Aspirin Safety Glasses
Antifreeze Football Helmets Awnings Eyeglasses
Clothes Toothbrushes Ice Chests Footballs
Combs CD’s & DVD’s Paint Brushes Detergents
Vaporizers Balloons Sun Glasses Tents
Heart Valves Crayons Parachutes Telephones
Enamel Pillows Dishes Cameras
Anesthetics Artificial Turf Artificial limbs Bandages
Dentures Model Cars Folding Doors Hair Curlers
Cold cream Movie film Soft Contact lenses Drinking Cups
Fan Belts Car Enamel Shaving Cream Ammonia
Refrigerators Golf Balls Toothpaste Gasoline

Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of three-and-a-half gallons of oil and more than 250 cubic feet of natural gas per day each! But, as shown here petroleum is not just used for fuel.


Major products of oil refineries

Scheme of petroleum distillation tower and distillation products


Over 6000 items are made from petroleum waste bi products including: Fertilizer, Linoleum, Perfume, Insecticide, Petroleum Jelly, Soap, Vitamin Capsules


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