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!
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|
|Bicycle Tires||Sports Car Bodies||Nail Polish||Fishing lures|
|Cassettes||Dishwasher parts||Tool Boxes||Shoe Polish|
|Motorcycle Helmet||Caulking||Petroleum Jelly||Transparent Tape|
|CD Player||Faucet Washers||Antiseptics||Clothesline|
|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|
|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|
|Combs||CD’s & DVD’s||Paint Brushes||Detergents|
|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|
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
Over 6000 items are made from petroleum waste bi products including: Fertilizer, Linoleum, Perfume, Insecticide, Petroleum Jelly, Soap, Vitamin Capsules