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September 20, 2010

First the Bad News

Filed under: Economics,Politics — Ninja @ 2:41 am
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Do you have any idea what fossil fuels provides us?   Here is a rundown:

  1. 10 calories of fossil fuels are required to produce every 1 calorie of food eaten in the US
  2. Pesticides
  3. Commercial Fertilizers
  4. Automobiles, Tractors, Trailers, Trucks
  5. Airplanes
  6. The buildings in which and the tools from which other products like appliances are made
  7. Natural gas
  8. Diesel Fuel
  9. Jet Fuel
  10. Propane
  11. Gasoline
  12. Microchips
  13. Computers
  14. The Internet
  15. Asphalt
  16. Concrete
  17. Highways
  18. Modern Cities (1 ton of cement requires 45 gallons of oil or 420 pounds of coal or 4.7 million BTUs of energy)
  19. Discovery and extraction of copper, aluminum, uranium, and platinum. (A good sized aluminum plant uses as much power as a city of 175,000 people.)  (1 ton of copper requires 17.8 barrels of oil)
  20. In the production of Solar panels
  21. In the production of Electricity
  22. In the production of wind energy
  23. In the production of nuclear energy
  24. In the production of biofuels (soybeans and corn)
  25. All Plastics
  26. Paint
  27. Astroturf
  28. Tires (Synthetic Rubber)
  29. Latex
  30. Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic
  31. Vinyl
  32. Styrofoam
  33. Naugahyde
  34. Formica
  35. Candle Wax
  36. ASA painkiller
  37. Cosmetics including Hand Lotion, Hair Dye, Lipstick, Blush, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow
  38. Food Colouring (coal tar)
  39. Soapless Detergents use a petrochemical called glycerin
  40. Petroleum Jelly
  41. Deoderant
  42. Rubbing Alcohol
  43. Heart Valves, Artificial Limbs
  44. Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyurethane
  45. Fake fur
  46. Plexiglass
  47. Bubble gum

I’m thinking that’s enough. One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline (from RankinEnergy.com ). The rest is used to make items like the ones listed above.


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