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Motor oil and environment

I often read, that leaking motor oil is a major risk for the environment. It is also often said, that motor oil leakages can endanger the drinking water supply for communities. So what exactly are the ...
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Can oil be used as a fuel source without contributing to global climate change?

I just posted this other question regarding oil, and as a follow-up, I would like to ask if oil can be used as a fuel source for energy without contributing to global climate change?
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Is oil actually a renewable and sustainable resource, but we just use much too much of it?

Wouldn't it be great if we could just drill into the ground and find pools of a natural energy source? Sure. Well, that's oil. Oil is generally considered a non-renewable resource. But if humans ...
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Carbon offset heating oil

My impression is that carbon offset plans are a rather imperfect and somewhat temporary solution - but still seem to be a step in the right direction, and at least signal consumer demand for green ...
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Are there petroleum products which do not have practical alternative sources?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, about 23 L (13%) out of every barrel of oil is turned into "other products": The other 150 L or so is turned into things which are burned ...
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How exactly do the impacts of lithium mining compare to oil extraction over a vehicle's lifetime?

There's been a lot of discussion about the impacts of lithium mining vs oil extraction (here for example). I'd like to quantify this. How do the impacts of mining lithium for one electric vehicle (EV) ...
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Does oil spilled in backyard contaminate groundwater?

A poster near a recycling station mentions that one liter of cooking oil contaminates 1 million liters of water and suggesting cooking oil recycling. If I spill cooking oil in the dirt of the backyard,...
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Are oil and natural gas inherently linked?

I've heard a lot of people push for natural gas as a fuel for generating electrical power. However, oil is said to be a very dirty fuel. Aren't oil and natural gas harvested from the same sources? The ...
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Palm oil usage statistics

Can someone point me to a resource that would detail what is palm oil being used for, preferably with some % indicators? A staunch meat eater has been boldly proclaiming that being vegetarian or ...
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Why does wind just track the economy

Whenever oil booms, wind booms too. Whenever oil production crashes wind crashes too. The US added about 5GW or 2 million barrels of oil equivalent this year of wind and 300 million barrels of oil in ...
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How to sustainably dispose of or break down used cooking oils?

I have recently wondered what I should be doing with my used kitchen oils having seen a news article about an enormous fatberg clogging the sewer in London. Obviously putting it down the sink really ...
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Does the price of polysilicon (for solar PV panels) depend on oil prices?

The assertion that the answer to this question is "yes" was made in an answer to another question here: Which solar power technology has the highest energy return on investment (EROI aka EROEI)?. The ...
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Good alternatives to a fuel oil heating system in an apartment block

I live in a building of 8 apartments, in Belgium. We share a communal fuel oil boiler in the basement to provide hot water and heat. For the latter, each apartment has radiators through which a hot ...
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Does burning used motor oil to generate heat on-site have a lower impact than sending it for recycling?

The service station next to my office saves the used oil from oil changes to burn in a special heater in the colder months. It is my understanding that used motor oil can be recycled in a number of ...
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How would keystone pipeline affect nature?

I know that the legislature for the project was not passed, but only by one vote in the senate. If it were to pass, would the pipeline just wipe out miles of nature, or do politicians have any concern ...
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How does one judge the sustainability of using burnt motor oil for termite protection?

I am having a discussion on the permies forum here about a sustainable wood protector. I have been using burnt motor oil from several neighbors' small engines. This can contain heavy metals, but I ...
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Reusing, recycling or disposal of used or expired cooking oil

I have found the article How to Dispose of Cooking Oil where are these suggestions: reuse: filter and put into a freezer or a fridge for later reuse different purpose reuse: lava lamp, snow shovel ...
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Cleaner alternatives to gear and chain oils

I use generic gear oil to lubricate my motorcycle’s chain. I have a modern fuel-injected machine, so the chain is the only source of storm-water pollution I can think of. I try to use as little oil as ...
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Gas/cooling strategies for reducing fuel consumption while driving: air conditioner vs windows

Looking at gas milage and air conditioner use, it seems to me I get a significantly better gas milage when I don't use the air conditioner. However, if I roll down the windows, I assume this ...
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Would we come to a period of no oil within our lifetime? If so, should we prepare, and how? [closed]

I mean to ask, in order to know, for example, whether someone today should be learning/preparing to lead a post-oil life? i.e no new plastic products, gas-powered vehicles, petrol-generated ...
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What is a sustainable way of removing oil stains from my concrete driveway?

Yes, I know that having a car is unsustainable, but nevertheless I'm interested in the most sustainable way to remove an oil stain from my driveway. Unsustainable suggestions I've had include using ...
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