Petroleum

By: Hailie Sizemore, McKenzie Evans, & Wesley Reynolds

Description

In order to become usable, petroleum is put through a refiner to be transformed into a usable form of petroleum. It is heated and cooled multiple times to get some of the harmful chemicals out.

NON-RENEWABLE

Top Producing Petroleum States

  • Texas
  • Alaska
  • California
  • North Dakota
  • Louisiana

History

Petroleum has replaced coal as the leading source of energy consumed in the United States since World War Two (1945). Almost 36% of the total U.S. energy demand is supplied by Petroleum since 1948. Petroleum was discovered by a major industry in Pennsylvania.

Environmental Impact

Pros

  • Useful for many things

Cons

  • Causes air pollution
  • Releases CO2 into the environment.
  • Risk of spills into the oceans

Uses of Petroleum

  1. Fuel
  2. Pesticide
  3. Paint
  4. Candles

Why we should use Petroleum.

  1. Gasoline, and crude oil is petroleum based.
  2. Used to create most kinds of plastic.
  3. Petroleum is used to create tar for roads.