Modern Marvels

Posted: Aug 13, 2008 2:14 PM
So much attention in this energy debate has been paid to the use of oil to fuel our cars and homes.  But oil has a lot of other uses in our daily lives. Tonight on the History channel's Modern Marvels, they will be airing a show entitled, Secrets of Oil.

Here's what the History Channel has for a teaser on their website:

"Rubber, Plastic, Nylon, Aerosols, Resins, Solvents, and Lubricants--none can exist without oil. If we stopped driving our cars tomorrow, America would still need five million barrels of oil a day. Visit Vulcan Materials, where oil tanks are emptied into massive double-barrel mixers to make asphalt and then continue to the Rolls Royce Aerospace Facility where complex jet fuels are blended. Travel back to the 1870's to see how an unemployed whale oil salesman turned a greasy oil-drilling by-product into a household staple: Vaseline. Finally discover how cutting-edge recycling techniques can breathe new life into used motor oil, and where a number of renewable fuels and technologies take aim at oil sovereignty."

Seems like an interesting twist to the same old debate about oil.