The 6 most common myths about oil and gas debunked
Some of the most common myths about oil and gas include:
- The world is running or will run out of oil very soon
- Americans use the most oil
- Oil is mostly dinosaur bones
- Cars pollute the air the most by using gas.
- Oil shoots out of the ground that it’s from
- If people stop using petroleum-based gas, the world would be a better place overall
Let’s take a look at these myths and what’s true and false about them.
1. The world is running or will run out of oil very soon
This is one of the most common myths about oil. The simple answer is that we don’t know how much oil actually exists. As time has gone on, we’ve discovered more and more ways to harvest oil. It will take more time than most people think to work our way through it.
2. Americans use the most oil
If you look at all the nations’ oil consumption, this is true. However, on a per capita base, the United States is actually the 22nd.
3. Oil is mostly dinosaur bones
Most oil is actually plants and peat from that time period. If all the dinosaur bones were crushed, the world would have a bit more oil, but not much.
4. Cars pollute the most by using gas.
That’s only part of the story. Actually, airplanes are a major contributor as well, though most people don’t think about them.
5. Oil shoots out of the ground that it’s from
Once in a very long time, oil will shoot out of the ground. However, most oil today is found in sand or in rock and must be pressed out of the gravel or sand.
6. If people stop using petroleum-based gas, the world would be a better place overall
Quite frankly, people in developing nations still need petroleum-based gas in order to keep developing. But for the rest of us, it is a good idea to start cutting down on petroleum solutions.
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