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  •  Looks like math isn't the only thing fuzzy (0+ / 0-)

    Chemistry is a little unfocused around the edges too. Great diary -- perfect for today. I love science humor.

    And now that I am in such a good mood, here's an answer or two;

    But then it says there are only 23 gallons of petroleum for gasoline in there, which puts gas at 6.26, which it isn't.

    No, it should be a lot less than it is, 'cause those other 21 gallons are the GOOD STUFF -- Industrial chemicals (primarily catalysts and waxes), which may cost out at $200/gal or more, and polyresins, upon which our society is based (Plastics!). Gasoline is just a by-product by comparison, in actual value to the company.

    Now here's an interesting question: If the majority of a barrell of oil goes to industrial chemicals and plastics, won't we run out of them at the same time we run out of gasoline? I hope someone is working on how to use wind energy for catalytic cracking, because without catalysts all those little squiggly things inside our computers and IPods and cell phones are going to be a lot harder to extract from their natural environment and form into computer guts, among other things.

    This says you can get 44 gallons out of 42, which is nice work if you can get it, sound like alcemy to me. If you knew the answers to these simple questions this would be interesting.

    Not alchemy -- basic chemistry. But you knew that. And that page still isn't interesting, is it? That's because, like most of the BLS data and the other stats put out by this administration, it is mostly BS, either by intent or ineptness.

    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

    by carolita on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 09:22:16 PM PDT

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