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The End of Petroleum Products Would Be The End of Society As We Know It
Before you cast your vote for any Democrat for President or even one for the House or the Senate, be aware that, if they control these high offices, many of them will do their utmost to shut off all avenues for the production of petroleum products. They hope to replace gasoline-fueled vehicles with electric cars getting their energy from wind turbines and solar collectors. As we have discussed in previous articles, this is hopelessly impractical due to the high cost and poor reliability of wind and solar power.
Not only that, but believe it or not, as Michael Moore demonstrated in his new film, Planet of the Humans, wind and solar are among the most environmentally destructive power sources on the planet, producing vast amounts of toxic waste, and causing the deaths of millions of wildlife.
Speaking at the 13th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC13) held in Washington, D.C. on July 25, 2019, Dr. Ben Zycher, Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, emphasized that, “’ Clean’ Power Is Not Clean.” It requires huge land use and creates “heavy-metal pollution, noise, flicker effects, solar panel waste, wildlife destruction,” among other negative impacts.
So, rather than taking their cues from sound science, engineering and economics, it appears that the Dems are basing policy on a rather warped interpretation of Peter Pan’s Neverland where “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
And it is not just gasoline that we would miss if anti-fossil fuel crusaders and the politicians who succumb to them, have their way. Crude oil is used to make kerosene, which powered the Falcon 9 rocket that boosted SpaceX’s manned Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on May 30. And, of course there is jet fuel, home heating oil, diesel fuel, lubricating oils, and naphtha, a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture employed to dilute heavy oil to assist in moving it through pipelines and also to make high-octane gas, lighter fluid, and to clean metal.
Besides crippling our transportation system and bankrupting many companies and individuals with huge and unnecessary costs, eliminating petroleum products would have a devastating impact on our society in other ways as well. The last year the Energy Information Agency had a complete handle on the uses of US crude oil was 2016 when they calculated that 6,000 different products were produced with crude oil as an integral part of their make-up. We will not completely bore you with that list so how about our listing just 144 of them. Too many, okay, contact us for that list, but here are just 49 of them.
- Floor wax
- football cleats
- football and motorcycle helmets
- artificial turf
- bicycle tires
- nail polish
- shoe polish
- life jackets
- electrical tape
- paint brushes
- synthetic rubber
- electric blankets
- nylon rope
- tennis racquets
- shower curtains
- trash bags
- water pipes
- hand lotion
- guitar strings, critically important to get through the COVID-19 shutdown!
- safety glass
- hair curlers
- movie film
- golf balls
- asphalt that creates our roadways
- ball point pens,
- fishing rods
- soft contact lenses
- fan belts
- artificial limbs
- hearing aids.
These products and literally thousands more require petroleum-based products. A more complete list of some of the thousands of petroleum-based products may be seen here. This video puts the situation into a proper perspective.
Prominent conservative essayist Burt Prelutsky gave an excellent list of things that fossil fuels create outside of automobiles’ gasoline tanks. In addition to the 19.4 gallons of gasoline distilled from each 42-gallon barrel of oil are 22.6 gallons of liquid from which we produce all the plastic that goes into our cars, computers, and toys and till recently plastic straws now outlawed in California. About 7 billion kilograms per year of phenol is produced from petroleum-derived feedstocks. It, and its chemical derivatives, are essential for the production of many important substances including numerous pharmaceutical drugs and, primarily, to synthesize plastics and related materials.
Plastics are so vitally important to our way of life today that it is worth quoting from Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels, produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change:
“… fossil fuels-enabled technology has contributed to human health … by allowing the use of plastic products instead of metal, glass, or wooden products (Avery, 2000; North and Halden, 2013). Natural gas is the primary feedstock of plastic products made in the United States while oil is used by most European and Asian producers. …
“While it is fashionable to minimize the benefits plastics bring to society, they are undeniably immense. Andrady and Neal (2009) write, “Plastics deliver unparalleled design versatility over a wide range of operating temperatures. They have a high strength-to-weight ratio, stiffness and toughness, ductility, corrosion resistance, bio-inertness, high thermal/electrical insulation, non-toxicity, and outstanding durability at a relatively low lifetime cost compared with competing materials; hence plastics are very resource-efficient.”
And what would our medical system look like without plastics derived from hydrocarbons? INSANITY is what!
While we might still be able to walk or bicycle to get to whatever hospitals still exist in an impoverished fossil-fuel-free world, the clinic we might succeed in finding would have no syringes, no tubes, and no bags for plasma.
So, unless you want climate change extremists eliminating so many important products from your life, speak out when activists promote ridiculous and dangerous ‘decarbonization’ schemes. It makes no more sense than calls to shutdown police departments in response to the demands of violent and irrational mobs.
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