Sunday, October 12, 2008

petroleum is not just used for fuel

One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates over 19 gallons of gasoline. The rest [over half] is used to make other things, including:

Ammonia, Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Antiseptics, Aspirin, Auto Parts, Awnings, Balloons, Ballpoint pens, Bandages, Beach Umbrellas, Boats, Cameras, Candles, Car Battery Cases, Carpets, Caulking, Combs, Cortisones, Cosmetics, Crayons, Credit Cards, Curtains, Deodorants, Detergents, Dice, Disposable Diapers, Dolls, Dyes, Eye Glasses, Electrical Wiring Insulation, Faucet Washers, Fishing Rods, Fishing Line, Fishing Lures, Food Preservatives, Food Packaging, Garden Hose, Glue, Hair Coloring, Hair Curlers, Hand Lotion, Hearing Aids, Heart Valves, Ink, Insect Repellant, Insecticides, Linoleum, Lip Stick, Milk Jugs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Panty Hose, Perfume, Petroleum Jelly, Rubber Cement, Rubbing Alcohol, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Shoes, Toothpaste, Trash Bags, Upholstery, Vitamin Capsules, Water Pipes, Yarn

Americans consume 25 percent of the world's produced oil, but America holds less than 3 percent of the world's proven oil reserves. The amount of economically recoverable oil in the Arctic Refuge, according to U.S. Geological Survey estimates, would increase world reserves by just 0.3 percent - not nearly enough to make a significant dent in American imports or to influence petroleum prices. Over the Arctic Refuge field's 50-year life, it would likely produce less than what America now consumes in six months, and less than 1 percent of what America is projected to consume over those 50 years. [source: Natural Resources Defense Council]

Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of three-and-a-half gallons per person per day.