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Questions tagged [oil]

Any substance that is liquid at ambient temperatures and does not mix with water but may mix with other oils and organic solvents.

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Is the Taylor oil spill on the scale of Deepwater Horizon?

According to CNN, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaked 176.4 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. By comparison, and also according to CNN, they say According to the [the Department ...
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Does Shell get $2 billion a year in subsidies from the US government?

While browsing reddit, I saw the following graphic from the Late Stage Capitalism subreddit: (Two stick figures are shown, the second one with Shell's logo for a head) This is Bob. Bob gets $...
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Is mustard oil dangerous for human consumption?

I see warnings of the erucic acid contained in mustard oil, e.g. 15 amazing facts and uses of mustard oil (Times of India): According to celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, "There was a myth ...
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Does black seed oil help in regrowing hair on bald regions of the scalp?

From: http://oilhealthbenefits.com/black-seed-oil/ "Black seed oil may help in regrowing hair on bald regions of the scalp" Is this claim true?
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Does every major pipeline in the US cut through Native American lands?

The above image claims that every major pipeline in the US cuts through Native American lands while avoiding white suburbs. The text of the image states: "It's interesting that every single big ...
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The problem with freezing oil gun for the firearms [closed]

A detailed question is the next. It is not specifically about WW2. It is about firearms and freezing gun oil in general. Whether it is possible even today to have a malfunctioning gun which was oiled, ...
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Is coconut oil effective as a toothpaste or in promoting oral health?

There's a good deal of information about "oil pulling" which is the process by which you swish oil around your mouth for 20 minutes or so then spit it out. There are many claims about what it can heal,...
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Lung cancer due to inhaling oily steam in the restaurant kitchen for a long period of time

There is a rumour which states that chefs increase their likelihood of developing lung cancer if they work for long periods of time in the kitchen with oily steam. Does anybody here have such ...
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Does olive oil damage endothelial cells?

Caldwell Esselstyn claims here that studies show that all oils, including olive oil, contribute to heart disease. From other sources I get that the tension between what he is saying and the positive ...
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Can all new gasoline vehicles run on E85 ethanol-based fuel?

From the the documentary Pump at 1:07: NARRATOR: But what if we don't need a flex fuel car or even a kit? What if the car you drive today already contained the technology that could enable it to ...
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Do the Alberta tarsands/oilsands potentially contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions? [closed]

According to 15 ways Alberta doesn’t get the credit it deserves on the Environment: The [Canadian/Albertan] oilsands contribute less than 0.15% of global GHG emissions, a number that has been ...
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Is the United States now the largest oil producer?

It is claimed that the United States now produces more oil than Saudi Arabia: Total crude oil production in the US, including liquids separated from natural gas, was the highest compared to all ...
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Are powerful entities preventing the development of free or extremely low cost energy sources? [closed]

This is a common claim of people selling "free energy" devices that the government or oil companies are trying to suppress their work. I'm wondering if there's any documented examples of an oil ...
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Are oil supplies virtually endless?

I have found some articles, that have reported on people saying this: The increase in reserve estimates is fueling the offbeat theories of maverick scientists who believe that the expression "...
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Is it not possible to swim in crude oil?

In the book Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, one of the characters falls into crude oil and state that one cannot swim in crude oil. The character can swim in water. If true, why would you not be ...
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Are refined edible oils unhealthy compared to unrefined ones?

There are lots of articles like this one which say: Refining [of oils] is accomplished with the addition of sodium hydroxide and temperatures around 450 degrees. The refined oil is not considered ...
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Is food fried with cold-pressed oil dangerous?

An aunt of mine went to some sort of nutrition lecture course and claims to have been taught that using cold-pressed oils in frying would produce certain chemical compounds which are toxic to humans. ...
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Does castor oil cure baldness?

I've seen sites and pictures online that say castor oil cures baldness, complete with photos. While there are some commercial products available that claim to stop and reverse hair loss, using ...
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Does a car tire require 26 Liters / 7 US Gallons of crude oil to manufacture?

I've recently seen the movie Collapse. They make many claims about oil and an hypothetical global collapse when it runs low. In this movie, Michael Ruppert says that a simple car tire needs 7 US ...
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Was canola oil developed for automobiles?

I just had my car serviced today, and my mechanic mentioned that canola oil was invented (or originally used) as a form of motor oil. Is it true that the canola oil we use in the kitchen is the same ...
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Does the type of oil you use in your car make a difference?

I have a car that has over 140k on it. Are there any valid reasons to use high milage oil instead of conventional oil? Or is it just a marketing gimmick? Similarly what's the difference between ...
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Are plastics harder to wash?

I was once told that if a piece of plastic gets oily, it's harder to "de-oil" than other substances because plastics are actually made from a derivative of oil. Is this so?
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Is peak oil still set for 2013?

There have been various dates that I've read about the prediction of peak oil, when global petroleum production will stop growing theoretically. Some claim 2020s; others say the 2050s as the final ...
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Is there a deep, hot biosphere?

Thomas Gold claims that oil is not aging vegetal or animal matter, but rather made continously from bacteria deep in the Earth's mantle (a 'deep hot biosphere') so that we would effectively never have ...