6 ways your life would be different without oil and gas…
You probably already know that oil and gas products fuel cars and heat homes but in what other ways are crude oil and natural gas products part of your everyday life?
We’ve combined some ideas with examples to create this list of six ways your life could be different without the energy moved by pipelines.
1. Your morning routine would change
What do you do first in the morning? Brush your teeth? Go for a run? The materials in toothbrushes and running shoes are made from petrochemicals produced when petroleum is refined.
What about your mid-morning snack? You might not be able to eat your favourite fruit because the agricultural industry relies on trains and trucks to get our fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ fields to our kitchen tables.
2. You would have to rethink your wardrobe
If you love your wrinkle-free shirt, you can probably thank oil delivered by pipelines. Materials used to make nylon, elastic, rayon, polyester and even “permanent press” items come from petroleum. If you wear glasses, the lenses and frames were probably made using a derivative of crude oil.
3. Your health may be affected
Think of your last trip to the doctor’s office or hospital. Did your doctor or nurse use latex gloves or disposable syringes? These are petroleum products. Even heart valves and artificial limbs couldn’t be produced without oil and gas.
How would it affect our health if we didn’t have these life saving health products?
4. You would have to cancel your trip to Paris
About 10 per cent of every barrel of oil is used for jet fuel to power airplanes and helicopters.
Petroleum is needed to power airplanes, but it is also helping to make air travel more efficient.
“Airplanes use less fuel today because they are lighter, and they’re lighter because they use polymers made from hydrocarbons,” said Andre Brunell from Montreal.
5. You wouldn’t be reading this blog post!
That’s right – the plastics used to make electronics such as computers and phones are made with petrochemicals. Without oil and gas you may have to resort to using a carrier pigeon.
6. You would have a different understanding of the universe
According to NASA, “a space shuttle’s large external tank is loaded with more than 500,000 gallons of super-cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, which are mixed and burned together to form the fuel for the orbiter’s three main rocket engines.”
This hydrogen is derived from petroleum. How would your idea of the solar system be different without knowledge discovered thanks to space exploration?