Uses

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