Oil Byproducts ~vs.~ Alternative Fuel Sources

The Catch 22 Factor: Why We Will Never End Oil Dependency

The recent discovery of a massive oil field in the Gulf of Mexico has crude oil refinery companies projecting its potential output to be well over 15 billion barrels. If these projections are true the impact of this discovery will be much greater than the actual discovery itself and may have encouraged continued crude oil dependency in the midst of a universal push for alternative fuel sources. It would certainly have a significant impact on crude oil consumption in the United States. According to the US Energy department, Americans consumes roughly 5.7 billion barrels of crude oil annually with reserves of 29 billion barrels.

The new discovery appear promising in meeting human needs for oil consumption however, when we do the math we conclude that the new discovery, while significant, is a somewhat useless find - in the long run. If the United States currently has 29 billion barrels in reserves with an estimated 15 billion barrel output from the new field then that’s a low total of 44 billion barrels. With 5.7 billion barrels a year of current usage annually, with an expected increase according to the US Energy Department. Therefore the US total reserves, counting the new field, would equal a little less than 8 years of oil usage, provided there are no significant usage increase.

So what’s the real excitement about the discovery?

Well, perhaps the excitement is not the crude oil itself but the value of its byproducts. This value drives Research and Development (R&D) budgets. It’s estimated that billions of dollars are pumped into R&D each year to determine oil byproduct usage thereby creating a long lasting dependency on oil for generations to come, despite President Obama’s great speeches on government research for Alternative Fuel sources.

Raw Oil - or unprocessed "crude” oil was discovered over a million years ago and has become the indispensable ingredient of modern life. Crude Oil is not very useful in its raw form – or as it comes out of the ground. Therefore, it needs to be processed and separated into parts and refined before use. Crude oil is mostly a mixture of many chemical compounds of carbon and hydrogen – or multiple hydrocarbons. During processing these different hydrocarbons, (a major source of energy) are separated in the confinements of an oil refinery. Hydrocarbons are often burned for domestic and industrial heating. It is the main ingredient which fuels our SUVs and illuminates our cities. Crude Oil and its byproducts fertilize our food produce; pave our roads, and make plastic possible. Therefore, our dependency on oil is not necessarily for the oil itself but for its byproducts which, like some defunct social programs - causes generational dependency.

So exactly what are some of Crude Oil’s byproducts causing generational dependency?

As mentioned earlier, Crude Oil produces multiple Hydrocarbons which fuel most land vehicles, including ships and airplanes. It’s used widely in petrochemical processes to form materials such as plastics, and foams. Hydrocarbons have many other uses, and are a raw material of various byproducts essential to modern day survival which include but are not limited to the following:

Air conditioners, ammonia, anti-histamines, antiseptics, artificial limbs, artificial turf, asphalt, aspirin, awnings, balloons, bandages, boats, bottles, bras, bubble gum, butane, cameras, candles, car batteries, car bodies, carpet, cassette tapes, caulking, CDs, chewing gum, cold, combs/brushes, computers, contacts, cortisone, cosmetics, crayons, cream, denture adhesives, deodorant, detergents, dice, dishwashing liquid, dresses, dryers, electric blankets, electrician’s tape, fertilizers, fishing lures, fishing nets, fishing rods, floor wax, footballs, glues, glycerin, golf balls, guitar strings, hair, hair coloring, hair curlers, hearing aids, heart valves, heating oil, house paint, ice chests, ink, insect repellent, insulation, jet fuel, life jackets, linoleum, lip balm, lipstick, loudspeakers, medicines, mops, motor oil, motorcycle helmets, movie film, nail polish, nylons, oil filters, paddles, paint brushes, paints, parachutes, paraffin, pens, perfumes, petroleum jelly, plastic chairs, plastic cups, plastic forks, plastic wrap, plastics, plywood adhesives, purses, refrigerators, roller-skate wheels, roofing paper, rubber bands, rubber boots, rubber cement, rubbish bags, running shoes, saccharine, seals, shirts (non-cotton), shoe polish, shoes, shower curtains, solvents, solvents, spectacles, stereos, sweaters, table tennis balls, tape recorders, telephones, tennis rackets, thermos, tights, toilet seats, toners, toothpaste, transparencies, transparent tape, TV cabinets, typewriter/computer ribbons, tires, umbrellas, upholstery, vaporizers, vitamin capsules, volleyballs, water pipes, water skis, wax, wax paper, Drugs and creams (e.g. Vaseline), Ammonia, Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Antiseptics

The items above represent a partial list of some of the byproducts made from Oil. Nearly everything in our lives is made from oil, by machinery and systems dependent on oil, and transported by oil as either gas or diesel fuel. Industrialized Nations use of oil byproducts will forever make them dependent on oil whether the oil comes from rogue or friendly nations. As a result, wars such as the Iraqi war will remain pending possibilities until alternative fuel sources are discovered – and implemented to replace current crude oil byproducts. Unfortunately, reducing dependency on oil will reduce advances in technology, medicine, and science – and if alternative sources are located will it make a significant difference in our oil consumption?

When it comes to oil dependency we may have backed ourselves in a Catch 22 situation for generations to come!

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issues veritas 7 years ago

Thanks for the info, fortunately the by products don't need to get MPGs.

A great alternative fuel would be if we could cleanly, cheaply and efficiently burn trash and garbage. These are the world's greatest resources.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

issues veritas: If we could burn trash cleanly and cheaply I believe, just as you, that we would be well on our way to reducing oil dependency. I would love to be around to see that transition. Thanks for the comment.


issues veritas 7 years ago

jxb,

Well I guess the best that we can do until we figure out the energy from trash, we could stockpile it. ha ha.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

Issues veritas: As long as its not in my neighborhood - again! (LOL) I lived in a city years ago where I swore they were storing up trash. Back in the early 70's most people, includung me, thought the moon was going to become our dumping ground - or - a test location for converting trash into energy (as the government described it). Right!!!


issues veritas 7 years ago

jxb,

The moon, huh. I guess than you would have to look at it at night, unless you dumped it on the dark side of the moon. The movie "WALLe" had a different idea.

I don't remember how it ended but years ago there was a garbage barge that was full and went from port to port trying to dump it. I believe that it was from NYC or Long Island.

Speaking of NYC, I believe that early last century, they used to dump their garbage into the East River. With a city of 8 million people, I imagine that at some point you could actually walk on water.

 


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

isues Veritas: LOL!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

At this point in time, it would be pretty impossible to eliminate all use of petroleum byproducts. However, non-fuel petroleum products account for less than 33% of the overall petroleum consumption (as of 2005). So by using alternate fuel sources, we could eliminate better than 2/3 of our dependence on oil. In addition, most of the non-fuel products are recyclable. Obviously, it's not quite the same stone around our neck once you take oil-based fuels out of the picture.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

EYEAM4ANARCHY: you make a valid point. Eliminating all use of petroleum byproducts will be somewhat challenging - if not impossible at this stage. Alternative fuel will help a great deal towards reducing non-petroleum usages. The person who discovers an alternative for oil based fuels will either be a hero or declared insane by the oil industry and placed in an asylum!

Thanks for the feedback!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

good read JB, with the new administration, I think they will find a middle ground to all these energy problems, but I hope its not too late.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

goldentoad: I believe the new administration will probably be the first administration to seriously take up the cause and set the wheels in motion for future change. We're several generations into this thing so it may take several generations to get out of it although I believe the technology is available today if we applied it for the common good.


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Joseph Thomas 7 years ago

jxb7076,

Well thought out article and very informative. I happen to believe that we will never run out of what we need to exist here on the earth. The appropriate discoveries have come at their appointed time to sustain the earth and its people.

Nice bio, by the way. All the best to you and your loved ones.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

Joseph Thomas:  Thanks for the comments.  You're correct in your statement "The appropriate discoveries have come at their appointed time to sustain the earth and its people."  I don't want to be the pessimist but my only question would be - have we used them with prudence and in consideration of future generations?" 

Time will tell.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

I am just wondering why the oil is cruel? Did it torture you? And how can we make it less cruel? ;)


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

Misha: (LOL), Cruel oil is evil, but crude oil, well, thats another problem. Thanks for pointing out the typo!!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL sure, you are welcome :) You still have it in three places though... ;)


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

Goldentoad: I think I've corrected them all now. Thanks man!!


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Lgali 7 years ago

thanks for useful info


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America Author

Thanks Lgali: I am glad the info was helpful. We have a great challenge on our hands.


aghadilbar 6 years ago

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Due to wrong war strategies of the American and NATO forces.

The war on terror is getting worst mainly due to use of air craft, tanks, Cannons.

Because nine innocent people are killed for a single terrorist this way in these circumstances thousands

of innocent people lose their life or properties and any other source of income.

In the result many people join terrorist or become suicide bomber. As they think there is no other way to take revenge of the innocents killing of their relatives these are the basic reasons that hundreds of suicides are generated very quickly and easily in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq particularly who further kill thousands of other innocent public.

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a) Among metric, Fsc, Bsc, (eng} .Mbbs, Llb, Ca and diploma holders in all institutions, all those receiving degrees at the state level, ten each from girls and boys by cash prizes will be announced on behalf of the gov during invitation on lunch.

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c) Sport Talent Schools of international level will be set up over the country at the district level, in which students of extra-ordinary sports talent taught from class one to Fsc level.

d) American states gov will announce free transport, free medical facilities and free lunch during education to all school, college and university students.

Minimize the aforesaid differences, which I will deliver to president

the increasing distress and hatred between the Muslim world and America is the major cause of weak relationship on public and government level.

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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

aghadilbar - great insights. Have you receive any response from the White House?


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International Community for the welfare of Humanity till today. I Agha Dilbar authorize Newspapers, Magazines, Internet, to Publish and Radio, T.V. Channels to broadcast this letter all round the World.

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Dear President Barrack Obama

the Great Leader of the World

I Agha Dilbar have sent Mr. President 100 registered research Letters

(1000 new ideas to develop America and to Change the World for Peace

and Prosperity)

Through Embassy of USA Islamabad till today and also direct sent

these registered Letters to Whitehouse Washington DC 20500.These

letters have been written on the guidelines of CHANGE WE NEED. And

these letters are about the Common Men Problems of respected American

Peoples and their Solutions. To end, Economic Recession, Unemployment

and to Finish War, all round the World for Peace and Prosperity. In

these letters I have sent one thousand new scientific Planning

/Suggestions, about every walk of life for Peace through Friendship

Progress and Prosperity all over the World.

My dear Barack Obama, the great leader of the world, my friend, my

brother, provide an opportunity to Agha Dilbar to pay an official

visit to America, that we two brothers sit together and by halt this

horrible war. if this war continues for 10 20 or 50 –year, it will

never end.

In this war 1-million people have died from 9/11 till today, if this

war continues, it will become the 111- World War.200-Million people

would die, if 111-World War is triggered) can take out 6.5 billion

people of the World from abyss of destruction .We two brothers Barack

Obama+ Agha Dillbar can put them on the road to Progress and

Prosperity through Peace.

Dear President Barrack Obama considers, from 9/11 till today, America

has conducted many war operations in connection with War on Terror,

resulting the circle of war has spread hundred times. Millions

innocent persons have died.

In this war. Many have been rendered homeless. One Lak (10000) war

affected youth joined the army of Al-Qaida and Talban by the help of

anti American countries have begun gorilla war in a horrible manner.

It is the result of wrong war strategy. I Agha Dilbar desire to solve

all above mentioned problems in a meeting with President Barrack Obama

by adopting new revolutionary planning by bringing an end to present

gorilla war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. As a result the World

can enter in a peaceful, advanced and progressive world, May it be so!

I Agha Dilbar have a new War Strategy to achieve success through Table

Talk between Talban, Pakistan and American Gov. 90% of Talban that are

fighting against Pak Army belong to Swat and Tribal Areas of NWFP. I

can provide America all realistic facts in such manner that their

implementation could convert these Talban into Patriotic Citizens of

Pakistan.

In this War Strategy Pakistan Gov will never send his Heavy

Artillery, Tanks, Cannons and Air craft in war. In this way 5-million

persons will never Displaced. In the end Talban by their will

handover, their Weapons to Pakistan Gov, they will come to Table Talk

and Suicide Bombing will come to an end in Pakistan. Through this War

Strategy Pakistani and American Gov can save expenses on war. Through

this planning American and Pakistani Gov can utilize their saving on

war budgets for development of Schools, Hospitals, Colonies, Markets,

Industry, Roads, Bridges, Dams, Canals of Swat and Tribal Areas of

NWFP that are war affected.

Due to wrong war strategies of the American and NATO forces.

The war on terror is getting worst mainly due to use of air craft,

tanks, Cannons.

Because nine innocent people are killed for a single terrorist this

way in these circumstances thousands

of innocent people lose their life or properties and any other source of income.

In the result many people join terrorist or become suicide bomber. As

they think there is no other way to take revenge of the innocents

killing of their relatives these are the basic reasons that hundreds

of suicides are generated very quickly and easily in Pakistan,

Afghanistan, Iraq particularly who further kill thousands of other

innocent public.

On account of present war strategy, Billion Dollars are being wasted yearly.

This war can cause Fall of America instead of continuation of war; my

best suggestion for America must keep his Supper Power on the World

and should conquer the World instead of war, but by his No-1

scientific technology spending on agriculture, industry, trade,

education, scientific development and tourism, all round the World.

Making an end to Economic Crisis in America.

PLAN NO. 1

A new Global Package is being offered for your kind consideration

America will have to make complete and final announcement that in

future all Multinational American Companies will get free land on

20-years lease and will set up under the BOOT agreement (in

undeveloped and poor countries) factories, mills five star hotels,

schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, air companies, shipping

companies, latest railway, bus transport and steel mills. All these

companies will be bound to handover without any cost to under

developed and poor countries well as their machinery and transport

after 20-years.

PLAN NO. 2

A new suggestion in connection with Global Peace is offered that in

return of export American Agriculture and Industrial Products, will

give his 50% profit to the exporting countries and utilize as Aid on

the development of agriculture, industry, trade, education and

tourism. This suggestion, making an end to American Economic Crisis

and get full support to enhance his Foreign Public Relation

. May it be so!

PLAN NO. 3

To make successful American Foreign Policy at Global Level the

following planning is put before:

a) America will have to provide free scholar ships at least to ten top

master students (in each country) of medical and science in

underdeveloped and poor countries of the world.

b) Highly educated and well trained one hundred cultural groups (each

group contains 100 persons) will have to arrange one hundred cultural

shows for three months in big cities of underdeveloped and poor

countries.

c) America will have to arrange exhibitions through his Embassies for

his latest products, in the underdeveloped and poor countries .All

these mentioned above industrial exhibitions will be arranged

continuously for two months. In the above mentioned exhibitions

present products will be sold except export order booking. In these

exhibitions, American Cultural Programs will have to arrange and

American Traditional Dishes will be kept for sale. In these

exhibitions American Tourism Stalls will also be put-up.

PLAN NO. 4

Following rules and regulations will be undertaken for the progress

and prosperity of American students.

a) Among metric, Fsc, Bsc, (eng} .Mbbs, Llb, Ca and diploma holders in

all institutions, all those receiving degrees at the state level, ten

each from girls and boys by cash prizes will be announced on behalf of

the gov during invitation on lunch.

b) For above mentioned top ten intelligent students boys and girls

each, tours for different historical and healthy sites will be

arranged free of cast.

c) Sport Talent Schools of international level will be set up over the

country at the district level, in which students of extra-ordinary

sports talent taught from class one to Fsc level.

d) American states gov will announce free transport, free medical

facilities and free lunch during education to all school, college and

university students.

PLAN NO. 5

Minimize the aforesaid differences, which I will deliver to president

the increasing distress and hatred between the Muslim world and

America is the major cause of weak relationship on public and

government level.

As a sincere friend I have practical suggestions to Barack Obama in

my official visit to A

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