Energy Webquest

Emon Lott

1. In addition to use as a transportation fuel, what are three interesting uses for petroleum? What are three other uses that are very important to us?

Petroleum is used to make football cleats, floor wax, and soap. Three important uses are, roofing (to keep our homes covered), artificial limbs (for the wounded), and clothing (to protect us from the elements).

2. According to the Department of Transportation, how many gasoline and diesel-fueled motor vehicles are currently on U.S. roads?

The Department of Transportation states there are 247,264,605  gas/diesel- fueled vehicles on U.S. roads.

3. According to the Census Bureau, how many people currently live in the U.S.? What is the current global population? What percentage of people all live in the U.S.?

318,039,876 people currently live in the U.S. The global population is an estimated 7,165,938,163.  Only 5% of the worlds population is American.

4.Globally, how much crude oil was produced daily in 2007?

7 million barrels were produced each day of crude oil.

5. How much crude oil did the U.S. consume each day in 2007

7 hundred thousand barrels per day were consumed each day in 2007.

6. Based on the data in #4 and #5 above, what percentage of world crude oil production was consumed by the U.S.?

Approximately 25% of the worlds crude oil was consumed  by the US in 2007.

7. Based on the your calculations from #3 & #6, complete the following statement: The U.S. is home to _____% of the world's population, yet consumes _____% of the world's crude oil.

The U.S. is home to  5% of the worlds population, yet consumes 25% of the worlds crude oil.

8. What was the global daily consumption of crude oil in 2007?

5.3 million barrels per day (based on G7 reports) were consumed world-wide.

9. Based on #8, what was the total amount of crude oil consumed globally for all of 2007?

1 934.5 mil barrels were consumed in 2007.

10. According to BP, (the top oil producing company in the U.S.) what is the size of the world's oil reserves?

There are over 65,000 gas/oil reserves of all sizes all over the world, varying in acre size, usually the size of the average crop field.

11. Based on the data from #9 and #10 above, and assuming constant production and no change in the size of global reserves, how many years should our current endowment of crude oil last (realizing these assumptions may be faulty)?

Our current use of oil would possibly last 65-75 years left of constant fracking and drilling. Even at a constant rate, a great amount of destruction will be done to Earth.

12. According to the image below, during which decade did global oil discovery peak?

Global oil discovery peaked in 1960.

13. According to the Energy Information Administration, when did U.S. crude oil production peak?

In the 1970's ,U.S. crude oil reached its peak.

14. In 2010, what percentage of our crude oil was imported from other countries, according to the EIA?

40% of U.S. oil comes from foreign countries.

15. Why is it disadvantageous that the U.S. imports crude oil from other countries?

This process can deprive the U.S. of jobs, known as outsourcing. The America also spends an excessive amount of money to but this oil, causing inflated prices.

16. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (EIA), when is the global petroleum production peak expected to occur? What is the prediction made by the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The global petroleum peak is predicted to be in 2030-40. The IEA states the peak will be in 2020.

17. What effect will the global petroleum production peak have on the world?

The demand for the petroleum will reach a sharp peak, causing inflated prices and low supply of gas/oil.

18. Do you anticipate the U.S. becoming 'energy independent' over the next decade?

Yes, if the U.S. learns to be energy dependent that far more can be accomplished. There would be less government spending and new (greener) forms of energy. Eventually the country will come to the same conclusion.

19. View the video Peak Oil Explained (below). Summarize the content of the video and explain if you think its content and assessment of our situation is fair and accurate.

This contents of the video were completely accurate. It explained that the oil was being used and the demand was rapidly rising. The point of the video was to encourage using renewable resources in place of oil to keep the Earth safe and clean. All these points were fair in terms of future safety.

20. What recommendations would you make to President Obama to help the U.S. manage its energy needs (3 paragraph minimum)?

Dear President Obama,

                         To ensure future generations will have all the resources they need, we need to use less petroleum. There are always alternative solutions for creating products. The emissions admitted from the oil harm the environment and our air. The products created with oil are hard to dispose of, and have a negative impact on much of the world. renewable energy sources can bring us out of this crisis and into a new golden age.

                         Over usage will result in resource wars between countries over oil. This would cause new and extreme depressions where people won't be able to drive to work, grocery stores, etc. Not only would the petroleum hurt the Earth, but also the moods and alliances of countries. The economies of many countries will fall to record lows, destroying the lives of  many innocent civilians. This future, is not so distant.

                        Renewable energy sources are our future. These resources are the only way to ensure the next generations will have the resources they need. These new sources are far less damaging and equally efficient. The economy could be saved and peace between countries can remain in it's state. Oil is hurting our ecosystems, renewable resources clean our planet.