@globalvillage
8 months ago

How would the world look today if oil never existed?

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No Slippery Grounds...

Since the closest substitute we have to oil is battery.. in all probability we would've had a much more advanced version of batteries... AND just maybe the world would've been a more peaceful and cleaner place since oil has been the focal point of wars to gain control over the world economies and also a whole load of pollution... !!!
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We would also be up to our eyeballs in horse manure. Coal-burning cars, while possible, would be considerably more expensive. The age of the horse and horse-drawn vehicles and horse-powered equipment would be extended. Vast areas around urban centers would be dedicated to growing fodder. 

Crossing oceans would take a matter of days (if not weeks) in coal-burning ships. Traveling across the US would take the better part of a week as well. 

Oh... pollution. Let's not forget pollution! Large parts of the population of urban centers would die every year from poisonous smogs resulting from the burning of coal for heat and power. The four-day "Great Smog" of London in 1952 ended up killing 12,000 people. In 1952, coal was the primary fuel for everything excepting cars, ships, and planes.
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  1. First, there’s transportation. With the overwhelming majority of the oil we produce and import devoted to powering our cars, motorcycles, trucks, trains and planes, the impact on getting around would be most dramatic. Price-gouging would begin right away, and long lines would form at gas stations. The lines wouldn’t last, though, because the gasoline would soon be gone. A strategic reserve of finished petroleum products — gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel — has often been suggested but never created. Within a month, every fuel tank would be dry, all our gauge needles would point to “E,” and the roads, rails and skies would be virtually empty.
  2. How far is it to the nearest grocery store? How long does it take to walk — or bike, or skate — to work? Finally confronting our dependence on motor vehicles, we’d reach for whatever solutions we could find. Soon, we’d all be looking for an electric car (but there are precious few of those for sale) or converting our vehicles to run on natural gas. But we’d be waiting for some time to secure adequate natural gas supplies, establish delivery infrastructure and switch over our cars.
  3. Our enslavement to black gold goes much further than the problem of getting from Point A to Point B. We also need to keep the lights on. And this would be possible, for the first month or so, because only 1 percent of America’s electricity is generated from oil — coal carries the largest burden, along with natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric power.
  4. But brownouts and blackouts would soon begin. Sure, our electricity is generated mostly from coal, but how would the coal be extracted without those diesel-guzzling yellow trucks? How would it be hauled to the power plants? (Remember, our trains all run on diesel, too). Heating and cooling our homes would suddenly get a lot more complicated, and our televisions and laptops would be just a few more weeks away from shutting off forever.
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The industrial revolution would have never happened.
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We managed the entire Industrial Revolution with steam. If that technology had continued to the present day, very likely the world would be even more polluted than it is now. However, the lack of petrol technology does not rule out the mastery of electricity, which was just getting started at about the time that the internal-combustion engine was getting fired up. So, there would be every possibility that electrical technology would be very similar or superior to what we see now.
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Everything will be stopped
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We would go directly from coal fueled transport - mostly trains and ships - to electric. Smaller vehicles, like cars and motorbikes - would be very rare. There would be close to none air transport except balloons and zeppelins.
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There wont be air and water pollution and no Niger Delta militants and corruption. Nigeria is a mess. I regret being a nigerian. I am not proud of being called one because, strife is so common and we can't focus on other resources except this black gold called oil. Nothing is working only thieves are stealing.
The world would have been better. if there's no oil other things would have been invented

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Well we wouldn't be seeing as many cars or skyscraper buildings that's for sure.
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