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But this is only a fraction of what's going on behind the scenes. Another way to look at this is that it would take approximately a year before a new refinery's staff could prepare a program to operate or modify an existing refinery. In my opinion, up-to-date knowledge of these topics is necessary, knowing this the knowledge is available.
The growing production of automotive gasoline and aviation fuel resulted in the wide-spread use on the United States market of diesel fuel. This was initially of a quality much less than modern diesel fuel, and quality grew ever better since that low point in the early 20th century (it's clear that stable gasoline substitutes, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are far from being perfected today). Since cheap fuel became the norm, we expanded the market share of internal combustion engines to become the most common type of engine in the world today. However, by the mid-2000s, it began to become apparent that the huge surge of sales of gasoline and diesel fuel was beginning to have more and more serious safety, environmental and public health and policy issues, which have been the subject of investigations and proposals to remedy in the United States, but continue to be highly controversial. In particular, automobile fuel has never been better, but automobile and/or aircraft fuel pollution has never been worse, at least in the United States.
@global: The production of gasoline and diesel fuel was initially fairly local. Any significant increase in the production and retail of automobile fuel, or a significant increase in the retail of aviation fuel, would have required increased distribution channels. Fortunately for the global petroleum industry, it was rapidly adopted by many other countries, as explained below, from the early 20th century. d2c66b5586