July 2012

Special Report: 90 Years of Progress in the HPI

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

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. M..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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. The intertwined relationship between oil and military is not just a story of gasoline and jet fuel, though. Other uses of the hydrocarbon molecule were parsed by military men in the 20th century, leading to rapid innovation in chemicals, explosives and rubber

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