Today, gasoline is a major byproduct of oil, but it is far from the only use.
On average, one 42 gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest of the barrel is used to make products that consumers rely on every day: the car you drive, the roof over your head and some medicine you use all contain petrochemicals.
Thousands of products derive from petroleum. Specific goods made from petroleum include aspirin, cough syrup children’s toys that contain plastic, crayons made of wax and even some electronics.
Americans consume petroleum products at a rate of 3 1/2 gallons of oil per day.