After finishing reading the question about petrol price, I can't help but wondering why petrol is so important despite the fact that transportation and petroleum products are neccessary for us.
I mean I can't think of any other positive side of petrol...all I think of is the environment factors!!so, does anyone can let me know more about its importance and let me start to change my thinking.
Our high standard of living is due to cheap fossil fuel. We have cheap food because petro chemicals allow farmers to grow many times as much produce per acre, tractors work many times as much land and trucks distribute their produce to a much wider market than possible before. A 12 hour 6 day a week workday used to be the norm when everything had to be done manually. People used to have to live near where they work which crowded factory workers in tiny apartments near their factories. The whole concept of suburbs was brought about by cheap petrol allowing workers to commute to their jobs.
Because our way of life is so energy intensive our quality of life is inverse to the cost of energy. Of course as the price of fossil fuels increases we will find alternative but none of the alternatives will be as cheap as just pumping energy dense oil from the ground. Our current lifestyle is unsustainable because it depends on a finite resource (primarily oil).
We are already seeing resource wars as oil supplies dwindle. As oil becomes more expensive expect more of the same.
The one thing missing from the responses sent to this question is the other uses of petroleum products. Namely, "Plastic". If you consider how many materials we depend on use petroleum derived products, then you would see that oil is not only necessary to make things run, it is also necessary for building the objects that we use daily. Oil is used it the manufacturing of shoes, clothing, furniture, containers (for food or just about any type of container), high tech devices, life-saving medical devices, and thousands upon thousands of other things.
So "why we use petrol" is less important than "how we use petrol".
lol, I havent heard gas being petrol in forever (knew you couldnt be american)
well like you said... transportation... and it's not just your personal car transportation... everything is run by fuel... (trucks that take food and other products from place to place, planes, ships, etc...) so when fuel prices go up, to compensate, everyone has to up all other prices too... without it, everything stops... without transport there's no food, people cant get to work, and trade stops... the economy relies on it to survive...
in addition to all of the above- there are the multitude of products derived from petroleum- some of the plastics I have worked with are derived from crude oil, just look for the words petroleum distilates in different products that we use.
we are very heavily reliant on petroleum. and it is going to take a lot of brilliant scientists to change that fact. there are plastics being made out of corn- so the technology is going in that direction- but at this point to produce more corn- it will take more fuel.
Because big business has control over everything, and big business won't let go of something that makes it billions of dollars everyday... the internal combustion engine has been obsolete for years. It's all about $$$
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