How Useful is One Barrel of Oil (as answered through one impressive infographic)

Earlier this month I found this infographic from the good people over at VisualCapitalist.com. It caught my attention, and then continued to catch my attention. Now, I’m sharing it here with you to consume. What's One Barrel of Oil Good for?

 

Prefer bullet lists? Visual Capitalist thought to supply that for you as well …

  • Enough gasoline to drive a medium-sized car over 450km (280 miles).
  • Enough distillate fuel to drive a large truck for almost 65km (40 miles). If jet fuel fraction is included, that same truck can run nearly 80km (50 miles).
  • Nearly 70 kWh of electricity at a power plant generated by residual fuel.
  • About 1.8 kg (4 lbs) of charcoal briquettes.
  • Enough propane to fill 12 small (14.1 ounce) cylinders for home, camping or workshop use.
  • Asphalt to make about 3.8 L (one gallon) of tar for patching roofs or streets.
  • Lubricants to make about a 0.95 L (one quart) of motor oil.
  • Wax for 170 birthday candles or 27 wax crayons.

Then, after everything above is produced, the left over petrochemicals can be used to make one of these …

  • 39 polyester shirts
  • 750 pocket combs
  • 540 toothbrushes
  • 65 plastic dustpans
  • 23 hula hoops
  • 65 plastic drinking cups
  • 195 one-cup measuring cups
  • 11 plastic telephone housings
  • 135 four-inch rubber balls

When one barrel of oil is pulled from the ground, it provides the raw material needed for (almost) endless possibilities.

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