This week, in the midst of all the everyday life craziness, a truly sweet and basically ignorant in an American way cousin posted a leftist propaganda video on the Native American tribes protesting the oil pipeline on North Dakota. The gist of it was, the USA stole their lands, killed their people and now is taking back what land that was appropriated to them for a fuel pipeline, which, of course, will just belch out more pollution.
Didn’t really want to remind this cousin that she drives 40 minutes each way to work on a highway and that wouldn’t be possible without oil and tar for the asphalt. Nothing else quite delivers the BTUs so efficiently or lays cheaply for a roadbed.
Well, the reality is that for every barrel of crude oil drilled, 20 gallons of gasoline is produced, 4 gallons of jet fuel, and…18 gallons of petrochemicals. What are petrochemicals? The rest of the crude oil that is used to produce cheap consumer goods. There are several lists floating out on the internet of just what products are made with petrochemicals, but a partial list would look like this:
- Shoe Polish
- Roof shingles
- Novelty Candy
- Bug Killer
- Paper cups
- Wax paper
Yes, that blue nail polish my dear, sweet cousin sports is made with the residuals of crude oil. As is the yarn this writer used to crochet her a hat last year. The hot scented stuff that she sells on the side is a crude oil product. So are the bikinis and other clothing items that she and her friends wear to the beach and then post selfies online. Crude oil is not just about fuel. It’s about multiple industries that most Americans would not know how to live without.
There are drawbacks of course to using petrochemicals so close to the body. The stuff doesn’t metabolize and gets stored in body fat, but the sheer number of fabrics alone produced thanks to the leftovers from fuel consumption is worth consideration when protesting drilling and pipelines. Over 6,000 products are made with the stuff.
That’s a little inconvenient fact the moonbats don’t like to talk about.
p.s. “Fossil fuels” is a misnomer when talking about the official name of crude oil, petroleum. “Petro” means “rock in Latin. The oily stuff comes out of rocks, and recent research indicates it bubbles up from the earth’s mantle making it a renewable resource.