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.