Last Update: July 4, 2015

Gasoline and Diesel and Jet Fuel don't precipitate out of thin air. They come from a variety of oil fields, that we go over below. Roughly speaking the process is split into these phases (summarized from The 6 kWh electricity to refine gasoline would drive an electric car the same distance as a gasser?):

  • EXTRACTION: Crude oil is extracted from the planet using one of the extraction processes
  • TRANSPORTATION: Transport the crude oil to refineries
  • REFINING: Refineries process the crude oil into a myriad of products, primarily gasoline, diesel and jet fuel
  • DISTRIBUTION: Transportation through a distribution system that includes facilities which blend specific formulations
  • CONSUMPTION: Delivery at fueling stations

Once delivered into a vehicle, the fuel is burned. By itself, burning the fuel releases both greenhouse gas emissions, and other toxic gasses. The climate change impact of the fossil fuel emissions to drive the world-wide fleet is already starting to threaten human societies. We're already seeing intense heat-waves, extreme weather of all kinds, worsening drought conditions, and changes to seasonal patterns. According to climate scientists we're still in the early stages of the climate changes to come.

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David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.
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