Communication, transportation, food, education, entertainment and more – Natural gas and oil make our modern-day lives possible. They not only generate electricity and power vehicles, but are the building blocks in so many of the fundamental necessities and comforts we enjoy each day.
In addition to powering everyday life, natural gas and oil products also save lives – thin, flexible, polyester-like artificial valves keep hearts beating; acrylic lenses sharpen the vision of those suffering from cataracts; sterile products, like intravenous lines and bags, gloves, masks and catheters, prevent the spread of disease; and medications are able to last longer with refrigeration.
It’s not only the natural gas that helps you cook dinner, but the electricity that keeps foods fresh and the building blocks made from petroleum in the packaging that gets a balanced, wholesome meal to you. Innovations in the food supply chain – from agriculture to manufacturing, food transportation to storage – are possible, in large part thanks to natural gas and oil. For example, meals ready to eat are packaged in pouches with petroleum derived components to serve the military, and play a pivotal role in humanitarian disaster relief.
3-D printers extrude heated plastic, metal or other materials, layer upon layer, to create a three-dimensional object. And that's not the only invention natural gas and oil are powering. Chemicals produced from natural gas and oil refining are playing a key role in the development of new and innovative technologies.
Very few aspects of modern life aren’t touched in some way by natural gas and oil. Thousands of products made from natural gas and oil make life healthier, safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable. They help save time for the things we want to do. They support creativity, help us manage our environment and think beyond ourselves.