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Why Managing Our Crude Oil Supply Matters

Aug 17, 2007
Our modern world requires a lot of petroleum products to function. From cars to planes to massive transportation of goods and services, every day of use is a further strain on the crude oil supply available to the planet. It is imperative that we manage that supply to the best of our ability. Here are some reasons why we must pay close attention to managing this key resource.

First, crude oil is not a resource that we can classify as renewable. It takes millions of years for crude oil to develop. Most of us don't plan on being around that long. Compared to wood, which can be replaced within a generation or so, crude oil simply cannot be replaced. Because we are working with a limited resource that drives so much of the way we live and work, we owe it to ourselves to make sure we are utilizing the oil to the best of our ability.

Second, most of us to do not work with unlimited budgets. That means the average consumer faces a real crisis when oil prices jump up due to a real or imagined crude oil supply issue. Our only defense is to position ourselves so that we incrementally become less dependent on petroleum products, so that an upswing in cost has less of an impact on our monthly incomes. We can accomplish this by carpooling or using public transportation. Some of us may even think about using bicycles as a means of running errands close to home. In other instances, we may find it helpful to combine multiple errands into one trip rather than running one this morning, only to take the care out a second time later today to handle something we could have taken care of during our fist trip of the day.

Last, we need to think in terms of what the world will be like for the next generation and the one after that. Most of us have the expectation of our children enjoying a higher quality of life than we have. Failing to manage our consumption of the existing crude oil supply will not make things any easier for those who inherit the world from us. Take that into consideration as you evaluate your current consumption of oil products. If you do have an alternate method of accomplishing the same ends, then give it a try. You will feel good knowing you are doing something to effectively manage a valuable resource.
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Mayoor Patel is the writer for the website http://crude-oil.oil-universe.com. Please visit for information on all things concerned with Crude Oil Supply
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