Just stop oil? Really?

Less hysterics and more common sense might be a good idea

by David Linden

What would happen if we “just stopped oil”?

We really need to look this over in light of the inane Just Stop Oil campaign’s demands that we do so.

So I thought I would do some homework and find out jut what uses oil has and what we would lose if we stopped using it aside from the obvious gasoline for our transportation at a time when no viable alternative has yet been developed.

And no, electric vehicles are not a workable viable alternative, for a host of reasons as discussed elsewhere.

Oil has literally thousands of uses and its abandonment without first having in place a viable alternative would grossly suppress our standard and quality of life. Oil is used to make various plastics, synthetic materials and chemical products; in fact, it can be found in a great many common household items.

Here are some examples of what oil is uses for.

The first and most glaring example for our purposes is to make the plastics that are used to make the blades for wind turbines. No more oil means no more wind turbines (see this article)

Oil is used to make the plastics that insulate electrical  wiring. Without that insulation, we can kiss goodbye to almost all appliances and conveniences, including solar panels.

Here are some more  examples in no particular order. I’m sure you can think of many more to add to the list:

Bin bags

Clothing

Parachutes

Telephones

Antiseptics

Deodorant

Pantyhose

Motorcycle helmets

Pillows

Shoes

Electrical tape

Safety glass

Nylon rope

Fertilizers

Hair coloring

Toilet seats

Candles

Credit cards

Aspirin

Golf balls

Detergents

Sunglasses

Glue

Fishing rods

Linoleum

Soft contact lenses

Trash bags

Hand lotion

Shampoo

Shaving cream

Footballs

Paint brushes

Balloons

Fan belts

Umbrellas

Luggage

Antifreeze

Tyres

Dishwashing liquids

Toothbrushes

Ink

Heart Valves

Crayons

Rubbing Alcohol

Carpets

Hearing Aids

Hypodermics

Toothpaste

Combs

Tents

Lipstick

Tennis rackets

House paint

Guitar strings

Ammonia

Eyeglasses

Ice chests

Life jackets

Cameras

Artificial turf

Artificial Limbs

Bandages

Dentures

Ballpoint pens

Nail polish

Caulking

Skis

Fishing lures

Perfumes

Shoe polish

Antihistamines

Cortisone

Dyes

Roofing

Polytunnels

Mobile phones

Computers

Buckets

Double glazing

Furniture

Surgical gloves

Hosepipes

Vacuum cleaners

Food wrapping and containers

Storage boxes

The plastic trim (dashboard etc) in motor vehicles (electric or otherwise)

Bottles

Curtain rails

Solar rechargeable lamps

Picture frames

Plant pots

Plugs and sockets

Headphones

CDs and DVDs

Televisions


 

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