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A New Take On Finding Petroleum

Nice article by Rachel Cernansky on ‘Planet Green’ about 10 places to find petroleum, and why it’s going to take more than driving hybrids to conserve on gas.

#1. Chewing gum – uses petroleum-based polymers (we never knew this one).

#2. Hair dye – you don’t want to know.

#3. Asphalt

#4. Crayons – uses paraffin. Also see candles.

#5. Ink

#6. Pantyhose Also see any other nylon product.

7, 8, 9, 10…Ok, there’s going to be more than 10 items on this list

Heart Valves. Pillows. Aspirin. Ammonia. Toothpaste. Toothbrushes. Guitar strings. Shoe polish. Tape. Rubbing Alcohol. Vitamin capsules. Solvents. Caulking. Insecticides. Deodorant. Glue.

The wax layer of the packaging your frozen food comes in. (And, of course, the fertilizers that farmers used to grow much of that food.)

Riding a bike isn’t going to take care of all our dependence on oil. Not by a long shot!

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