When Canadians get up in the morning, they likely grab some breakfast, have a shower, make coffee, brush their teeth and pull on some clothes. In the winter, they also turn up the heat.
That’s all before they hop on a bus, or jump in the car to get to work or drop the kids off at school.
Every one of those activities is so routine, we hardly think about them. But without petroleum and natural gas, that morning routine would not happen.
Ninety-seven per cent of the natural gas and oil used as raw materials in this country is moved by CEPA members’ vast network of energy pipelines. These energy products and their byproducts heat our homes, fuel our cars and provide the building blocks for an endless list of consumer products we purchase each day.
In today’s environment, you would be unlikely to make it to work in a timely fashion without the contributions of fuel. Ninety-two per cent of us drive our cars, mainly powered by diesel or gasoline, or use public transit. Even if your vehicle or bus is electrified, in most Canadian cities that electricity powering your transportation is generated by natural gas.
Toothpaste is made from petrochemicals produced when oil is refined. The polyester, nylon, rayon and elastic fabrics in your clothing, and the glasses perched on the bridge of your nose, all contain petrochemicals. In fact, more than 6,000 products are made from petroleum: pencils and other school supplies, medical items, sporting equipment, even the computer or smartphone you’re reading this on.
To top it off, the food we eat and the items we purchase while shopping online wouldn’t arrive to our grocery store shelves and our front doors without the gasoline or diesel in the transport trucks. And forget about the far-away holidays we enjoy. They would be nearly impossible, as aircraft are powered by petroleum-based fuels.
The products we use every day are the end of a long journey our energy takes – one that begins at a wellhead and flows through energy pipelines to refineries. There, oil is transformed into many kinds of petrochemicals. Natural gas is piped to storage units across the country, for use in generating power at manufacturing facilities — and to heat your home.
In the next series of blogs, we look at that journey, and how CEPA members are safely and reliably delivering the energy you need, in every aspect of your life. Pipelines deliver 97 per cent of all energy in Canada. Without them, our standard of living would look very different.