All right apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us? Brought peace? Life of Brian (1979)
What do we use oil for? Well obviously fuels – petrol, LPG, diesel, kerosene etc. Also cars, trucks, helicopters, buses, ships, trains. So lots of use in transport and industry. Heating our homes. Fertilisers and pesticides. Producing electricity. Plastic, the most common thing in our lives. Ink, crayons, bubblegum, deoderant, eye glasses, CDs and DVDs, Tyres, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, shaving cream, nail polish. etc. etc. etc.
Oil is involved in pretty much everything we do. So, if the price is going to suddenly go through the roof – and by this I mean double, treble, quadruple – or worse still it can’t be got hold of at all, that would be pretty important wouldn’t it?