25 Energetic Facts About Oil & Other Petroleum Products That’ll Fire You Up

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1Gasoline Explosion

In 1949, a man died while cleaning machinery with gasoline. The gasoline dripped onto a rat that was running across the floor. The rat’s gasoline-coated fur ignited when it ran beneath a heater with a pilot light, causing an explosion that killed the worker. This story of negligence is now taught in law schools.


2. Natural gas has no smell. Gas companies are required to add a chemical called mercaptan as a safety precaution, so people know the smell and can identify a leak.


3. Diesel fuel turns into a gel at low temperatures, and cannot flow into the engine. This is why some schools close down when the temperature is low enough to turn the fuel into a gel, preventing the buses from running.


4. There is a gas station in Minnesota that allows customers to pre-purchase bulk quantities of gasoline on the commodities market for a $1 membership fee, so instead of paying $4.00/gallon, some customers are paying less than $1.00.


5. If all the corn and soybean production in the U.S was diverted to corn ethanol and soy biodiesel, it would meet only 12% of gasoline demand and 6% of diesel demand.


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6Norway oil reserves

Norway has the world's highest gas prices. Though they have oil reserves, they don't subsidize fuel and use the money earned for free college education and national infrastructure.


7. The fuel for each of Nazi Germany's V2 rockets was made from 30 tons of potatoes.


8. An oil pipeline in Ecuador has spilled more oil into the Amazon than the Exxon Valdez accident in Alaska.


9. The United Kingdom has an underground aviation fuel pipeline dating back to World War 2, allowing aviation fuel to be transported around the country without risking it on roads and railways.


10. There are 45 different types of gas produced in the USA significantly reducing efficiency and raising the price at the pump.


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11House heating oil

Diesel and House Heating Oil are the same fuel. The difference is that heating oil is dyed red and does not have a road tax applied to it to making it cheaper. You can use it in off-road machinery but it is illegal to use it in a truck or car utilizing public roadways.


12. In 2015, U.S. imported 24% of the petroleum it used, the lowest since 1970. The largest sources of U.S. imported oil were from North and South American which accounts for more than 60% of total US oil imports.


13. USA has summer blend and winter blend gasoline and this is one of the reasons why the gas prices go up in spring.


14. Diesel fumes are more carcinogenic than cigarettes and cause lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.


15. Biodiesel has the highest energy balance of any fuel. For every one unit of fossil energy needed to produce biodiesel, 3.2 units of energy are gained.


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16Venezuela Gasoline

In 2015, the price of gasoline in Venezuela was 1/5th of $.01, or 482 gallons with just $1.


17. One gallon (about 4 liters) of gasoline contains about 31,000,000 calories.


18. Gasoline (petrol) was once regarded as a nuisance by-product of refining kerosene, and huge amounts of it were dumped into rivers or burned off.


19. It is standard practice that gasoline is stored in red containers; diesel is stored in yellow containers; kerosene is stored in blue cans and oil combustibles are stored in green containers.


20. Petrol sniffing to get high is a big problem among Australian aborigines. Opal, a special gasoline, is sold in aborigine areas to discourage sniffing; although it requires a government subsidy, doing so saves money compared to the cost of treating petrol sniffing.


21Petrol in Turkmenistan

Petrol was provided by the government of Turkmenistan to its citizens for free up until 2014. Every citizen was given a monthly allowance of 120 liters of free petrol.


22. Jet Fuel (Jet A) can be used in diesel engines.


23. Kerosene lamps around the world consume 77 billion liters of fuel/year. This is equivalent to all of the Jet fuel consumed in the US during the same time period.


24. Petroleum oil was first distilled by the Persian alchemist Muhammad ibn Zakarīya (Rhazes) in the 9th century, producing chemicals such as kerosene.


25. World War 1 planes used Castor Oil as an engine lubricant and the Pilots suffered from persistent diarrhea due to unburnt castor oil coming out of the exhaust.

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