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.