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I can’t believe it’s oil!

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uses include: deodorants, petroleum jelly, moisturizers, rubbing alcohol, soaps, heart valves, antiseptics, hearing aids, nasal decongestants, antihistamines, moisturizers, Bactine, vaporizers, latex gloves, bandages, allergy medications, aspirin, burn lotions, insect repellents, anesthetics, artificial limbs, cough syrup, cologne, dentures, stethoscopes, syringes, glycerin, cortisone, cosmetics, dentures, vitamins and synthetic wigs.

One of the biggest uses is the manufacture of plastics, which are carbon-based polymer compounds. Because the compounds are inert, they can be used to store other substances without chemical interaction. Plastics are also easily shaped and molded into toys, bottles, computer housings, car interiors and thousands of other products.

Synthetic fibers in clothing such as polyester, nylon, rayon and artificial furs are derived from petroleum. Other products include: crayons, athletic shoes, fertilizer, paint, synthetic rubber, ammonia, computer disks, eyeglass lenses, bubble gum, ink, asphalt, adhesives, candles, antifreeze, carpet, glue, shoe polish, matches, packaging, shingles, linoleum, wiring, dishwashing liquid and many other cleaning products.

4 Comments on "I can’t believe it’s oil!"

  1. KenZ300 on Mon, 26th Jul 2010 6:42 am 

    How fast can we transition from oil?


    If the price of oil goes up dramatically what happens to our economy? PEAK OIL may have a dramatic effect on our economy and our national security.

    Sure explains why China is busy buying up all the oil it can around the world.

    Why are we all fiddling?

  2. Wheeldog on Mon, 26th Jul 2010 12:33 pm 

    A listing of everything requiring oil as a component leaves one with a simple conclusion; as the supply of oil declines so will human population. The global economy cannot function without a plentiful supply of cheap energy, particularly liquid motor fuels. Modern farming, medicine and manufacturing are heavily dependent on oil and natural gas. The real question is how will the population decline occur. Will it be a relatively quiet process where people voluntarily decide to have fewer children, those with incurable disease are allowed to die sooner and less effort is expended on prolonging life? Or will it be messy with war, starvation, plagues and natural disasters becoming the grim reapers of humanity? Hopefully, it will be the voluntary route.

  3. KenZ300 on Mon, 26th Jul 2010 9:10 pm 

    Over population will intensify the scarce resource problem. If resources are a problem now how will we manage with the population expected to grow by another 1 or 2 billion people?

  4. Wheeldog on Tue, 27th Jul 2010 2:21 pm 

    “how will we manage with the population expected to grow by another 1 or 2 billion people?’

    The answer is brutally simple; we won’t. It is physically not possible to maintain adequate life support for the current population with declining sources of cheap energy and expanding degradation of farmlands. The more the population grows the greater will be the ultimate die off. The question is not if the population will decline but rather how much and by what means. It is unrealistic to believe that “sustainable” small gardens will suffice to support current large urban and suburban populations, particularly when declining oil supplies result in shortages in other essential supplies and services.

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