Feeding The World
Elements of oil and natural gas play a vital role in products and techniques that expand humankind’s access to vital nourishment.Read More
Innovative products made with oil and natural gas components are making us safer, helping us overcome obstacles, and giving us the ability to dream without limits.Learn More.
A barrel of crude yields more than just gasoline. The refining process creates chemicals used to make products that enhance and save lives.
Butane keeps refrigerators running so our food can be kept fresh at home and so hospitals can store vaccines, medications and blood supplies for life-saving medical procedures. 85°F BUTANE
The U.S. transportation system — fueled by petroleum — keeps people and goods moving, while enabling quick response in times of crisis. 85°-185°F GASOLINE
Naphtha is a byproduct of crude oil used in the development of many manufactured goods, like light- weight plastics — the primary material used in many prosthetics. 185°-350°F NAPHTHA
Natural disaster recovery teams use Kerosene to save lives in crisis situations. It’s also commonly used in underdeveloped countries to provide heat and light. 350°-450°F KEROSENE
Heavy machinery such as tractors rely on diesel to run. Planting, growing and harvesting crops more efficiently, yields higher crop production, helping feed the world. 450°-650°F DIESEL
Petroleum-based lubricants are vital to machinery we rely on, daily. But in emergencies, they are critical in such tools as stretchers, jaws of life, and rescue helicopters. 660°-1050°F LUBRICANTS
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at your homeToday’s shingles offer an alternative to the more traditional asphalt-based shingles – and they are a more durable, less expensive, option. With the addition of fiberglass, made from components of oil and natural gas, fiberglass shingles are highly durable, fire-resistant and ready for gusty Oklahoma springs. Avoiding the draft. High quality, energy efficient windows can make all the difference in keeping your home comfortable. Natural gas is a key ingredient in glass manufacturing, fueling the extreme temperature required to shape glass for use in different types of windows. Loved by homebuilders and despised by termites, this durable siding offers an attractive wood-like appearance without using any wood, making it resistant to insect damage and rotting. It’s developed with a variety of materials, including vinyl – a synthetic plastic – that adds extra durability and climate resistance. Right outside those well-insulated windows are the ultimate curb-appeal accessories, shutters. Shutters provide an extra touch that makes home-sweet-home, just a little sweeter. And thanks to the methanol produced from natural gas, paint and varnish are available for the perfect complementary color choice. Natural gas quite literally keeps the home fires burning. The flames in our outdoor lights and lamps are powered by natural gas; quietly welcoming us home. Each summer, we run through it, lie in it staring at the clouds and enjoy its freshly mowed smell as we grill out. That’s right, green, green grass. As you’re looking over your lush, thick lawn, thank natural gas for supplying the hydrogen and nitrogen used to make some fertilizers.
Kick up your feet and
relax thanks to oil
and natural gas.The soft glow of mood lighting. The bright wash of a bedside lamp. It’s all made possible by natural gas fueled electricity. So the next time you are reading your favorite book lamp side, take a moment and give a nod to the miracle of man-made light. Televisions haven’t always been light, thin, and wall-mountable. As technology improved and parts drastically shrank, so did our electronics. That television hanging on your wall is framed in ethane-based plastic, making it light as well as durable. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Whether warming a room or warming your heart, families gather around fireplaces on chilly evenings all across Oklahoma. So next time you’re snuggled up in the warm glow, raise a little toast to natural gas – the power that keeps it going. Ask any parent and they’ll tell you: microfiber is nothing short of a miracle! It’s made with ethylene-based polyester to create a finished product that is not only soft and comfortable, but stain-resistant, durable, easy to clean and resistant to wrinkling. No more crying over spilt milk! Even back when shag carpets were the newest thing on the market, nylon revolutionized the industry as the first true synthetic fiber. It replaced more costly, less durable materials such as wool and gave manufacturers a way to streamline cost and production time. Nothing takes more wear and tear in our homes than the floors. That’s why laminate and vinyl flooring options are popular among homeowners. Made from petroleum-based ethylene, these materials offer durability and long life. And, those stains and paints used on flooring are natural gas-based, too!
Making family dinners,
clean dishes and microwave
burritos possible.Nearly every kitchen in America has a microwave. We love their convenience, but they also make the kitchen more energy-efficient by heating food faster than a traditional stove. And, natural gas is one of the electricity sources that goes to work when you hit “start.” We don’t think too much about grabbing the ice-cold milk out of the refrigerator every day, but before butane was produced from oil and natural gas, there was no convenient way to keep food cold at home. Refrigeration changed everything – reducing the waste of spoiled foods and revolutionizing the American kitchen. Professional chefs overwhelmingly agree: gas burners are a better choice than electric. Overall, gas stoves are easier to control, quicker to heat up, simpler to clean and less expensive to maintain. You don’t have to be a professional to appreciate those benefits! Everyone’s favorite job: washing dishes! Okay, maybe not – but no one will argue with the fact that hot, running water is one of the greatest modern day conveniences. And natural gas water heaters are the reason we have hot showers and clean dishes. Today’s popular ceramic and porcelain tiles are produced using clay. The clay is shaped and fired in a kiln at heats of 248 degrees – thanks to our friend natural gas – to form the tile’s body, or “bisque.” Glazes and stains? You guessed it. Made from components of natural gas.
Wash up, dry off, primp and go.
Petroleum and hygiene.
Who Knew?Reflect on this: all of the mirrors in our homes are manufactured using large, industrial-size ovens that are powered by natural gas. The ovens heat up the mirrors while the reflective material is setting. There’s nothing like a clean, fresh towel after a shower. And the detergent you used to wash it most likely is made from a derivative of ethylene oxide. In fact, the soap and shampoo that you used in that shower probably contains many of the same ingredients. Much like the tiles in our bathrooms, bathtubs are most often made from porcelain and ceramic. The raw materials are shaped to the desired design, then fired in a kiln at very high (natural-gas powered) temperatures to permanently set the shape. Not just keepers of our cosmetics and toiletries – cabinets are an important part of the look of our bathrooms. Picking the right handles and styles are an important part of the overall aesthetic, as well as color choices. Lacquers and stains are all made from components of oil and natural gas. Nearly every part of a toilet is made with materials derived from oil and natural gas. Bowls are made by firing a specific type of clay in a natural gas-powered kiln. The shiny, waterproof glaze coating the outside is made from components of ethylene, and the seat is malleable plastic called polystyrene, made from a natural gas byproduct.
Ethylene — a byproduct of oil and natural gas — is used to make a wide variety of consumer products. It’s versatility makes it vital for food supplies and every day household items.
Oil and natural gas quite literally expand our horizons
This hydrogen is derived from petroleum. Space exploration is key to increasing knowledge of the solar system.
Why it Matters
According to NASA, “a space shuttle’s large external tank is loaded with more than 500,000 gallons of super-cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, which are mixed and burned together to form the fuel for the orbiter’s three main rocket engines.”
Restoring independence and hope
There are an estimated 1.9 million amputees in the United States. Artificial limbs and joints are manufactured with resins and plastics originating from petrochemicals.
Why it Matters
Children and adults alike can regain a significant degree of mobility and independence by way of these innovations.
2.2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape
Abundant and affordable oil and natural gas are used directly in fuel and electricity, and indirectly in fertilizers and pesticides.
Why it Matters
These natural resources are vital in keeping farm equipment operational and crops growing to feed our nation and others around the globe.