The use of oil is an essential part of a person’s life, whether it is to cook your food, run your car, or fix a machine. Everyday whether you realize it or not, we use oil, driving to work or even using public transportation. You could even say oil is up there in importance in comparison to water. We hear about the history of the USA and the need for oil, also the rumors of the Iraq war, being that oil was one of the sole reasons we invaded it. Do we actually need to use oil this much is our lives, though? Back around 200 years ago, we were very dependent on coal to fuel our machines, engines, and ovens. Coal was the necessity when we as America were going through the industrial revolution, even the introduction of steam-powered engines were a thing for a little while ultimately what history shows us is that there are alternatives for oil. For some situations maybe not, like cooking for example, or even when using advanced machines. Also, history shows that as a species we have the ability to adapt and evolve our thinking and processes. Eventually, if everything is looking up, we will be seeing new techniques being used in the future for our everyday needs.
In the article linked below, even though it is an older article it shows how dependent we are on oil over 10 years ago. It is stated that at the time biggest consumer of oil was the United States. Another stated point was that America was so dependent on oil that, President Jimmy Carter declared that "Any attempt by an outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force." This explains itself, it really emphasizes on how much oil meant to America.