"Has been a lifesaver so many times!"
- Catherine Rampell, student @ University of Washington
"Exactly the help I needed."
- Jennifer Hawes, student @ San Jose State
"The best place for brainstorming ideas."
- Michael Majchrowicz, student @ University of Kentucky
Life Without Petroleum
What would it be like to live without Petroleum? Well when you loose the 20th century tool
(Petroleum), the substance that brought us out of the Cowboy and Indian age into the Technology age, you
know there is going to be problems and major changes in the life of every human being and animal in the
world. Oil has transformed the lives of individuals and the economics of nations. The discovery of oil
creates wealth: modern, industrial towns thieve where once there was only deserts and new jobs are
brought to areas of big unemployment.
Just think, no gas for your car, no candles because there is no wax, no fabrics, plastics, and
medicines, and building materials because there are no petrochemicals (useful substances that are derived
from oil.) So when you wake-up in the morning and you go to drive to work, you find out that you canąt
drive yourself because you have no gas and also because you donąt have any oil to lubricate the parts of
your car.. And the place you worked at for years that is only about a 30 minute drive from your house is a
5 hour bike trip.
I think that everyone in world is just like smokers and drug attics, but unlike them we are in a lot
deeper than any drug attics or smoker. What we as a world are addicted to is Petroleum. The with drawl
symptoms for Petroleum are far worst than you could ever have for any drugs. We have became addicted
to a substance that we knew we would loose one day, but we always that it would come after we are dead
or we would find something to replace Petroleum, but we never guessed that it would be coming over the
mountain in just a few decades.
But this isn\'t the end of the world many people say. We have been preparing for this moment of
the world without oil for many years. We have already created solar cars and and solar panels for your
house. So many people would say that we are prepared for the fourth coming events of no Petroleum left
on the Earth. But I say we still have a long way to go and that we still donąt completely comprehend how
much we depend on and are addicted to Petroleum.
Just think about something for a moment, just think about what you use plastics for. The look
around your room and try to find all the products in your room that are made of or have plastics in them. I
bet that over 75% of the items in your room are made of or have plastics in them, and think of the same toy
or thing without that plastics, strange huh? If the world could not produce anymore plastics, we would
have to recycle everything that has plastics in it and not through any plastics away because like I said we
are very dependent on our plastics witch are made from oil.
Just think back to the oil crush of the 1970ąs. During that time everyone went crazy because they
didnąt have much oil, and that was just a oil crunch not the extinct shin of oil. That one event I think
opened the eyes to the world and gave them just a taste of what the world would be like without Petroleum,
and how dependent we are to it.
My thoughts on this issue is that this ładdiction˛ we have to oil could destroy us at the end. We
are a world dependent on transportation. If you want to go somewhere you donąt walk or ride your bike,
you jump into your car and drive there. We are also very used to the distributing process were most of your
food comes a long ways away by the way of trucks, trains, or planes. Just think how empty your stores
would be without there daily food supply by trucks. And remember that without gas, those trucks, trains,
and planes donąt move one inch. Without the food being brought in, were would we get our food, we could
still get it from some of the same sources but it would take a lot longer for the food to travel the distance,
View Full Essay
Peak oil, Environmental economics, Petroleum politics, Petroleum, Futurology, Vegetable oils as alternative energy, Energy crisis
More Free Essays Like This