Why Oil + Gas Matters

Modern industrial economies around the world depend on petroleum, and Canada is one of the few countries that produces more oil and natural gas than its people consume.
According to Alberta Energy, there are more than 3,000 products made from petroleum, including many of the things we use every day – from gasoline and diesel fuel for cars, trucks, buses, trains and boats, jet fuel for airplanes, and natural gas to heat homes, businesses and public buildings, to toothpaste, telephones, garden tools, lighter fluid and lipstick. Countless other products around us are also made from crude oil and natural gas – such as plastics, synthetic rubber, lubricants, paints, solvents, asphalt paving and roofing, insulation and fertilizers.