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PROFIT OR ENVIRONMENT The petroleum industry is no different than any other business It exist to make money and will pursue any means to profit Americans and other people of the world dont realize how much of an impact the petroleum industry has on the world economy Most of us dont think twice or even once at the gas pump about where our money is going We just grumble occasionally about the price then pay and drive off until the tank hits empty requiring us to return For the past century the petroleum industry and the automobile industry have grown almost as one industry dependent on each other in the pursuit of profits According to Ecarta 97 Petroleum has been in use by man for centuries in the form of lubricants and medicinal products The past century has seen an explosion of petroleum exploration to feed the combustion engine The combustion engine is mainly used in the transportation industry primarily automobiles This century old technology has grown to the point where the world is dependent on the engine in daily living Why does the world continue to hang on to such old technology that is destroying our world The petroleum industry and automobile industry for years have believed that the worlds oil reserves would never run out Only during the past few decades have the worlds industrial leaders realized that the worlds supply of petroleum is limited and that it is having an impact on the environment Although environmentalist with Environmental Protection AgencyEPA have recognized the problem they have been slow to get strict standards passed through legislation The EPA has helped by mandating more efficient cars that use less fuel and produce less pollution The EPA and other agencies pushing for recycling petroleum products and cleaner fuel have also temporally slowed the effects of future shortages and pollution But we still havent solved the main problem What can
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