Here are interesting, fun and even mind-blowing facts about oil and gasoline:
Oil is expensive in Norway, but there’s a good reason for this. Despite having their oil reserves (the North Sea oil off the Norwegian Sea, for instance), the government doesn’t subsidize fuel. Instead, they use the profits to give free college education as well as to fund infrastructures across the country.
That’s a great compensation for the oil rig workers — obviously, their job is difficult. Not only that, it is also dangerous. In 2011 the average salary for the oil riggers was under $100,000, and that number also included high salaries for the skilled workers.
As of 2014, refineries produce an average of 19 gallons of gasoline from on barrel (42 gallons) of crude oil. Refined crude oil also produces other petroleum products.
It’s no surprise that the United States is also the world’s biggest oil consumer. They use up an average of 18.5 million barrels of oil a day (as of 2013).
The discovery of the “first” commercial oil well on August 28, 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania gave birth to the “Pennsylvania Oil Rush” and led to petroleum becoming a major industry.
Canada is actually the top country of the US petroleum imports in 2015. Canada is followed by Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia.
It’s because the US issued the Clean Air Act, which requires automobiles to use oxygenated gasoline (in some states) to minimize carbon monoxide emissions as well as reformulated gas (RFG).
And without ethanol, diesel will also cough up approximately 22.38 pounds of carbon dioxide when burned. Ethanol is used as a biofuel additive for gasoline and diesel.
This makes the Model T car more fuel-efficient than the present-day Ford Explorer SUV, which achieves only 16 miles per gallon.
The word “petrol” is common in the UK, Australia, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and New Zealand. Some countries refer to gasoline as “benzene,” in various local spellings.