Monday, April 25, 2005

All about Petroleum

All About Petroleum

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Energy Professions


Energy Professions

API has launched a new energy careers Web site, www.energyprofessions.org. The site features background information on the oil and natural gas industry, profiles industry employees in a variety of positions, and provides access to a searchable database linking to colleges and post-graduate programs that prepare students for careers in the oil and natural gas industry. This site is a one-stop information resource for students and teachers looking for education programs that put people on the path for a dynamic career in the oil and natural gas industry.

Gasoline, Other Fuels and You


Gasoline, Other Fuels and You

"Gasoline, Other Fuels and You" is designed to provide you with a comprehensive - yet quick and easy-to-understand - overview of all the factors that go into determining how much you pay for gasoline and other fuels, as well as the challenges the oil and natural gas industry must overcome to ensure that you have the fuel when you need it.

API Educational Materials



API Educational Materials

Trying to locate resources about oil and natural gas appropriate for your students? Click here for an overview of API materials and their relevant grade levels.

Progress Through Petroleum



Progress Through Petroleum

Over the last one hundred and fifty years, petroleum-based products and technologies have dramatically improved the quality of our lives. From our homes to our places of work, from transportation to medical care, these improvements give us the freedom to spend more time with our families and doing the things we enjoy.

Progress Through Petroleum Challenge



Progress Through Petroleum Challenge

After reviewing the "Progress Through Petroleum", take a moment to take our interactive quiz to test your knowledge about the many ways that oil and natural gas have contributed to improving our way of life. Click the "play" button on the left to begin.

What's Your Environmental IQ?



What's Your Environmental IQ?

Over the past 30 years, the oil and natural gas industry's record of environmental performance shows giant efforts made in all sectors and results that make visible differences in the quality of the environment. Industry professionals recognize that quality of life means more than just heat for the home and enough gasoline to get to the store. It also means protecting and improving the human and natural environment, while producing the life-enhancing products that we all need in our daily lives.

Click here for more information about environmental progress.

Vehicles and Air Quality



Vehicles and Air Quality

American life revolves around travel. Travel to jobs, shopping areas, and vacation destinations. Trips around the block, trips around the country.

Think of how many motor vehicles you see in a day—hundreds, even thousands of cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles—taking people and goods where they need to go. Americans are behind the wheel in record numbers: 70 million more drivers are on the road today than there were 30 years ago, driving 143% more miles. But despite this enormous increase in drivers and miles, vehicle emissions are down 41 percent—due to cleaner fuels and more efficient engines.

Click here for more information about environmental progress.

Energy: The Quick Tour



Energy: The Quick Tour


Smart choices about energy will be vital to America's future. What do we all need to know to make those choices? Here are some energy basics.

  • What is energy?
    The short answer: it's the driving force of life.
  • Fuels are at the heart of the matter.
    If you need energy, then you need fuels.
  • Harnessing heat to work for us.
    It takes heat to run engines, make electricity, and much more.
  • Energy has changed how people live.
    Centuries of change and development, built on energy.
  • Energy sources, energy choices.
    Looking at the costs and benefits of energy options.
  • Adventures in Energy


    Adventures in Energy

    Adventures in Energy is an interactive Flash-based demonstration of some of the cutting-edge technologies being used in the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas. Explore some of the innovative practices that are being used to provide us with the safe, reliable energy supply that helps to power our everyday lives.

    All About Petroleum



    All About Petroleum

    Mankind's use of petroleum is as old as recorded history. Ancient cultures found the stickiness of crude oil useful for binding things together, and its water repellent properties useful. Five thousand years ago, the Summerians used asphalt to inlay mosaics in walls and floors. The Mesopotamians used bitumen to line water canals, seal joints in wooden boats, and build roads. The Egyptians greased chariots with pitch and embalmed mummies with asphalt.

    Click on the image (left) to tour some of petroleum's uses throughout history.

    There's a lot  of Life in a Barrel of Oil



    There's a Lot of Life in a Barrel of Oil

    From the time your digital clock alarm rings in the morning to the time you turn in for the night, oil touches your life in ways you may never have imagined. Thousands of products – from your toothpaste to your telephone, your credit cards to your computer, and your vitamins to your shampoo – all got their start from oil.

    This publication provides a host of useful facts about the uses of oil. Teachers can use these facts to produce material for classroom quizzes, discussions, and activities. Click on the "download" button or image (left) to view this document.

    Discover The Wonders of Natural Gas
    photo by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory



    Discover the Wonders of Natural Gas

    Natural gas was formed millions of years ago when most of the earth was covered by water. Plant and tiny animal remains were mixed and layered with sand and mud. When the earth underwent natural but drastic changes to form today’s landscape, the intense heat and pressure transformed these fossils into hydrocarbons – chemical compounds of hydrogen and carbon atoms. Depending on the arrangement of the atoms, what were once sea plants and animals are now natural gas or crude oil deposits contained in the earth’s crust.

    This publication provides a host of useful facts about natural gas. Teachers can use these facts to produce material for classroom quizzes, discussions, and activities. Click on the "download" button or image (left) to view this document.