Chevron Corporation creates video to help justify the high cost of gasoline to their consumers and ends up making a solid case for alternative energy in the process. Chevron Corporation created a video in 2011 to help justify to their consumers the high cost of gasoline, and they successfully do an excellent job of covering the obvious costs and the difficulty they incur while getting fuel into the typical gasoline or diesel tank. In so doing, however, Chevron has also clearly explained why we as consumers need to switch to alternative energy as soon as possible and that nothing beats getting free fuel from your rooftop or backyard via solar or wind energy to move your vehicle. The video touches on how much harder it is now to find oil compared to the past, the need to drill over seven miles down in the ocean, requiring oil companies to extract oil using expensive large oil platforms, and other specialized single-use infrastructure (oil tankers, pipelines and refineries) all requiring huge capital outlays during not only their creation but upgrading and maintaining them as well. The video also explains that it cost approximately 3 million dollars in the USA to open a Chevron service station, which of course does not include the price of fuel. Compare that to a Tesla Supercharger station which is only a fraction of that amount and fuel can be acquired for free via solar power. Until the video is removed by Chevron, you can still watch the video bursting with reasons to support clean sustainable energy. Sadly the video only covers some of the direct costs associated with producing gasoline. This Chevron film production fails to talk about the cost of electricity to produce and refine the crude oil into gasoline and all the indirect costs to society that ultimately everyone on the planet pays for if they happen to drive a vehicle that burns fossil fuels or not. These indirect costs include but are not limited to: air & water pollution, increased health problems and associated medical costs, fossil fuel subsidies and increased military expenditures etc. In addition the burning of fossil fuels relating to vehicle transportation is a significant contributor to climate change. Germany and Denmark have previously acquired over 50% of their energy needs using renewable energy obviously other countries can accomplish more as well.
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