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The military and the hydrocarbon: A love affair of over 100 years

07.01.2012  |  Thinnes, Billy,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [military] [war] [World War II] [US] [Allies] [Axis] [refining] [petrochemicals] [fuel]

The relationship between the military and the petroleum industry dates back to the years before World War I (WWI), when the US and British navies started to switch from coal to oil as a fuel source. Military dependence on oil only increased as WWI progressed, since the military innovations of the time (airplane, tank, submarine) all needed oil to run. By World War II (WWII), militaries around the world were hooked on the hydrocarbon.

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