We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like many of our posts, this one came out of a dinner conversation. Thanks to N for putting this together for us:
In 2004 petroleum products contribute about 40.2 percent of the energy used in the United States. This is a larger share than any other energy source including natural gas with a 23 percent share, coal with about a 22 percent share, and the combination of nuclear, hydroelectric, geothermal and other sources comprising the remaining 14 percent share.
Petroleum products fall into three major categories: fuels such as motor gasoline and distillate fuel oil (diesel fuel); finished nonfuel products such as solvents and lubricating oils; and feedstocks for the petrochemical industry such as naphtha and various refinery gases.
Petroleum products, especially motor gasoline, distillate (diesel) fuel, and jet fuel, provide virtually all of the energy consumed in the transportation sector. Transportation is the greatest single use of petroleum, accounting for an estimated 67 percent of all U.S. petroleum consumed in 2004. The industrial sector is the second largest petroleum consuming sector and accounts for about 23 percent of all petroleum consumption in the U.S. Residential/Commercial and the electric utility sectors account for the remaining 8 percent of petroleum consumption.
Fuel products account for nearly 9 out of every 10 barrels of petroleum used in the United States. Demand for motor gasoline alone accounts for more than 44 percent of the total demand for petroleum products. Other petroleum fuels include distillate fuel oil (diesel fuel and heating oil), liquefied petroleum gases (LPG's) (including propane and butane), jet fuel, residual fuel oil, kerosene, aviation gasoline, and petroleum coke.
Liquefied petroleum gases (LPG's), such as Propane, Butane and Ethane rank third in usage among petroleum products. They are primarily used as inputs, or ‘feedstock’, for petrochemical production processes. LPG's are also used as fuel for domestic heating and cooking, farming operations, and as an alternative to gasoline for use in internal combustion engines.
Electric utilities use residual fuel to generate electricity and depend on petroleum for about 5 percent of its total energy requirements.
Nonfuel use of petroleum is small compared with fuel use, but petroleum products account for about 89 percent of the Nation's total energy consumption for nonfuel uses. Examples of these uses are: Solvents such as those used in paints, lacquers, and printing inks, Lubricating oils and greases for automobile engines and other machinery, petroleum (or paraffin) wax used in candy making, packaging, candles, matches, and polishes, petrolatum (petroleum jelly) sometimes blended with paraffin wax in medical products and toiletries, asphalt used to pave roads and airfields, to surface canals and reservoirs, and to make roofing materials and floor coverings, pettroleum coke used as a raw material for many carbon and graphite products, including furnace electrodes and liners, and the anodes used in the production of aluminum, petroleum "feedstocks" used as chemical feedstock derived from petroleum principally for the manufacture of chemicals, synthetic rubber, and a variety of plastics.
Industry data show that the chemical industry uses nearly 1.5 million barrels per day of natural gas liquids and liquefied refinery gases as petrochemical feedstocks and plant fuel.Petrochemical feedstocks are converted to basic chemical building blocks and intermediates used to produce plastics, synthetic rubber, synthetic fibers, drugs, and detergents. Petrochemical feedstocks also include products recovered from natural gas, and refinery gases (ethane, propane, and butane). Still other feedstocks include ethylene, propylene, normal- and iso-butylenes, butadiene, and aromatics such as benzene, toluene, and xylene.
Interesting article. Shows that solar (not-powerful enough) and wind (not practical) is not the answer, as most environmentalist claim, since most oil is used for transportation applications.
Another energy fact: Exxon, the largest oil company in the US, maligned in the MSM and threatened by Congress, produces less than 5% of the world's oil. Hardly a force to control the market as oftened accused.
There are many alternatives out there but unfortunately they were beat down repeatidly years ago.
At least some of them are making a come back now.
Better public transportation would be great. Especially if they use some of the new solar cells out there. 30%+ over a decent area and some of those special beans with major oil potential..mmm.. power a bus day and night. Huge initial cost right now, but doing it enough would drive the price down and the long term benefits are incredible.
It isnt that any one solution will pull us out of the oil rut but using many different solutions together will make for a better world for all. That sounds good right?