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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Broccoli1, October 1, 2002.

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    1. Broccoli1

      Broccoli1 Active Member

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      Re: post about purchasing gasoline only from certain companies...

      How many products are made from oil/petroleum other than gasoline?
       
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      tires are made from petrolium in some sort of way i believe
       
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      thousands. plastics and everything they are used for from computers, to medical equipment, to chairs, to cars themselves (when they're saturns).

      and of course there are all the different types of fuels made and the oils.

      i believe those things make up almost all of the petroleum consumption.
       
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      Exactly.
       
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      I think you'll find that petrolium is actually a waste product after getting all they need for plastics and heavy engine oils. Here is a small section from bp.com

      "Currently, Grangemouth produces around 1.8 million tonnes of petrochemical products each year. These products are the basis for a vast array of items which are taken for granted these days. They are used to produce plastics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, packaging materials, home insulation and synthetic rubber for car tyres.

      Two basic feedstocks are used:

      gases - ethane, propane and butane - supplied from the Kinneil Oil and Gas Separation plant and the adjacent refinery
      liquid feedstocks - from the refinery
      These feedstocks are `cracked' (a process which literally breaks or cracks the molecules apart) to produce materials called alkenes - the building blocks of the petrochemical industry. The alkenes, mainly ethylene and propylene, are then used as feedstocks for other processes on site, which produce plastics (polyethylene and polypropylene), industrial alcohol (ethanol), raw material for synthetic rubber (butadiene) and an intermediate material (benzene) in the production of polystyrene packaging and foam."

      Hope this helps a bit.
       
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      now who can draw the molecular diagrams of all the products listed in howard's post? heh heh. for chem majors this should be VERY easy. it's amazing, with some chemistry classes under my belt, i can actually read the ingredients on the back of a product and say to myself "wow, hey i know what that is!"
       

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