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Petroleum is oil. Petroleum, natural gas and coal are nonrenewable energy sources because they take millions of years to form. Petroleum, natural gas and coal are fossil fuels.

Not all organic material turns into oil; only about 2% does under ideal conditions.

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Petroleum is the leading source of energy in the U.S. followed by natural gas and coal. In 2008 the U.S. used about 20.7 million barrels of oil per day, that's more than 840 million gallons every day!


**to fuel our cars, trucks, and buses with gasoline and diesel **to heat our houses **to light the BBQ with propane **to lubricate machinery such as bicycles or printing presses **to make asphalt for paving roads **to make plastics for products such as toys, cell phones, water bottles and tons more **to make medicines, ink, fertilizers, pesticides, paints, varnishes, and electricity.

What do we use oil for?

How does an oil spill happen?

Spills can be caused by: *people making mistakes or being careless.*equipment breaking down.*natural disasters such as hurricanes.*deliberate acts by terrorists, countries at war, vandals, or illegal dumpers.


What happens then, and what about the Gulf Oil Spill?CLICK HERE!



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