When I heated my home with oil, I used an average of 800 gallons a year. I have found that I can keep comfortably warm for an entire winter with slightly over half that quantity of beer.
Oil -the viscous liquid derived from petroleum – is loved by some, and hated by others. But no matter how hard we try to reduce our reliance on it, it plays a much bigger role in our lives than we realize. In addition to gasoline, diesel, and other fuels, about 6000 or so everyday products are made from it. Some of them are shown in this diagram:
The first oil wells were drilled in China in 347 AD, but it wasn’t until 1849 that oil was distilled to produce kerosene. (This was the fuel that replaced whale oil.) There is no question that we will eventually have to find a replacement for oil too, but I have it on some authority that the whales do not want to take part. But what about cows? How fitting would it be that the animal that is being blamed (partly) for global warming could be the source of the raw material for our cell phones, hair dye and golf balls! The first step in this direction has already been taken. Green Earth Technologies is already producing motor oil from cow fat. It is called G-Oil.
So, in addition to a cows involvement in producing beef, milk, marshmallows, fertilizer, hides, soap, insulin, sutures, shoes, glue, (and many other things), cows might just someday end our reliance on fossil fuels!
The point of this story is – everything is intertwined, often in ways we don’t realize. The very things we think are the problem, might just end up being the solution to something else.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Golda Meir, 1973
My Similar Story about Cows: Fred and Barney Fire up the BBQ – my take on Carnivores