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Uses of Oil 
 
Most crude oil is converted into gasoline.  However, it is also used in the manufacture of many products, particularly, but not exclusively, plastics.  The Shah of Iran once said in the 1970s, "Petroleum is too valuable to burn up in the automobiles of Americans".  Below is a small list of petroleum products from Yahoo.com:
 
 
Asphalt on roads and parking lots
Roofing shingles and roof coatings
Pipe for houses and city water and sewer systems
Ink on newspapers and magazines
Clothing from synthetic fabrics
Parachutes
Crayons (TM)
Computer cases
Computer circuit boards
Carpeting
Floor covering
Floor wax
Paint
Deodorant
Shampoo
Styrene which becomes styrofoam (TM)
Hardhats and motorcycle helmets
Cassette tapes, video tapes
Shower enclosures
Electrical insulation in buildings and computers
Toothpaste
Dishwashing soap
Household detergent such as Tide (TM)
Lipstick
Tires
Rope
Fertilizer used to grow corn and other crops
Household ammonia
Camera film
Candles
Adhesive in plywood
House paint
Car battery cases, computer battery cases, etc
Refrigerants used in household refrigerators and commercially
Cold cream
Glycerin
Artificial turf
Boats
Vitamin capsules
Aspirin
Pharmaceuticals
Fishing lures
Soft contact lenses
Shaving cream
Antitfreeze used in auto cooling systems
Antihistamines
Petroleum jelly
Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides
Solvents
Fan belts on engines
Hand lotion
Trash bags and grocery bags
Caulking
Golf balls
Credit cards
Furniture
Furniture and cabinet coverings such as Formica (TM)
Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls,
Bandages
Tubing used in medical hospitals for blood, fluids, etc.
Insect repelant and mosquito netting
Computer keyboards
Computer mouse
Adhesive and packing tape
 
 
Last Updated: 3/21/2011 3:47 PM 
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