Oil is the lynchpin of the American economy.
So what is Oil used for?
We use oil for a long list of applications, including:
- Transportation Fuels (Gasoline, Diesel, Jet Fuel)
- Military and defense
- Electrical generation
According to the Energy Information Administration, transportation (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, etc.) accounts for about 2/3 of the oil we use in the United States. Gasoline for cars, SUV’s and light trucks accounts for roughly 45% of the oil we use. We import about 65% of our petroleum from foreign countries, including Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Algeria, and Nigeria. Even if we removed every gasoline-powered vehicle from the road, the United States would still be dependent on foreign sources of oil. Developing America’s energy resources is a key element of maintaining our economic and national security. We will never be totally energy independent, nor should we be. We live in a global economy, and we achieve major efficiencies by importing energy as other countries can produce energy cheaper than we can. And, foreign trade is an important aspect of our foreign policy. However, USA should have the capacity to stop importing energy from other countries. US should have sufficient domestic sources to withstand supply disruptions or price spikes and do what is necessary to smooth price fluctuations and transition to future energy technologies. US is currently at the mercy of World energy markets when we should use them as a tool. If you would like to know more about Oil and Oil uses I recomend to you some of my favorite books, available on Amazon, take a look.
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For many years the cosmetics were made only from natural products but, today, one of the makeup of ingredients is oil. It is the raw material components such as propylene glycol and colorants. Oil is responsible for setting and the vibrant colors of the current makeup.
6. Solar panels
Solar energy is clean and causes people not to use more fossil fuels, right? Not so much. The panels used for capturing solar light are made of resin and plastic – petroleum-based products. The industries that produce these panels are searching bioresins to replace plastics.
For many housewives, clothes that do not get wrinkled and not need to be passed are of great help. But this only happens because of oil. The substance is used to form tissue fibers in its synthetic shirt. The good part is that the polyester can be recycled. The bad part is that it is well out of date.
If you like the length and texture of your chewing gum then thank to oil. The first chewing gum derived from a latex called “chicle”, but the current ones are made of polymers – so the gum slow to decompose when you spit in the street. They are not biodegradable.
They are not really made of wax. Shock, right? At least not from natural wax. They are made of paraffin, the same substance that surfers use their boards and that Apple producers pass on the fruit to shine them.
Its companion post-Surf is also made from petroleum. People take to cure headaches, fever and to prevent heart attack and stroke – and the remedy proved to be one of the most reliable. The famous acetisalícílico acid is a natural product but the other components of aspirin, such as benzene, is derived from petroleum.
They have nylon remember? Millions of women use them every day and barely know they are getting dressed with oil. Nylon is a thermo-plastic developed in 1935 by a chemist named Wallace Carothers. Today the nylon is present even in the parachute.
How is oil formed?
The formation of the oil comes from the deposition at the bottom of lakes and seas, animal remains and dead plants over thousands of years. These remains were being covered by sediment, and later these sediments have become sedimentary rocks. By the action of heat and high pressure caused by stacking of these layers, allowed complex reactions, forming the oil.
Due to these circumstances it was formed, the oil found in existing cavities between the subsoil layers.
When oil is extracted, it is generally accompanied by salt water due to old existing Sea In this location. If you wish to know more about how is oil formed check this post: what is crude oil.
where does oil come from?
Not a big difference here between the questions “how is oil formed” and “where does oil come from“. We can say that oil comes from the deposition at the bottom of lakes and seas and so, and so that is how oil is formed.
Several theories exist trying to explain where does oil come from but the most widely accepted is that the oil came from organic decomposition which occur in some specific conditions:
1 – It’s the deposit and accumulation of organic material on the seabed, resulting in sedimentary basins.
2 – In the course of millions of years action of microorganisms, the pressure and heat convert the organic material into a viscous byproduct of carbon and hydrogen.
3 – This viscous material seeps into porous rocks and migrate to places with lower pressure and continues to follow the course until you find something that block.
4 – Imprisoned, is the accumulation of oil in the pores or cracks in the rocks, where the extraction occurs. The gas reserve is locked at the top of the same rocky reservoir and oil logo and down.
Theres also a great explanation about oil and petroleum formation in the post “What is Petroleum ”