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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

Oil as it comes out of the ground is a mixture of hydrocarbon compounds that are the remains of deposits of algae and microscopic animals, also called phytoplankton and zooplankton. Scientists have ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

What's in fossil fuel that we can't reproduce is energy. We've been making synthetic fossil fuels in one form or another for about two centuries: town gas (a methane substitute), synthetic gasoline, ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

The other answers are right, technically. As they say, what's in it is energy, or hydrocarbons, or whatever you want to call them. Burnable stuff. Unfortunately, the first two laws of thermodynamics ...
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How do A/C professionals dispose of refrigerant?

When I got my Refrigerant Handling Certification from MACS many years ago, we were sworn to use a proper recycling machine, which captured everything and filtered out air, oils, and moisture. The ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

They can They have strung together various polymer chains in the lab and their even hydrocarbons. The University of California Berkeley is doing it now. It's not really a question of it being done. ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

There is a new-ish product on the market called Bio-Circle. This is about as earth friendly as it gets. The way this stuff works is there are live micro-organisms which ingest oils and other organic ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

Petroleum from the ground is a mix of different molecules, but have in common the fact that they were created with energy from the sun. So, knowing what the molecule(s) looks like, we can assemble the ...
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Can valet keys get wet?

It probably has an RFID chip inside that's read by the car in order to deactivate the immobiliser. I wouldn't have thought it would be affected by water, but I'd not take it too deep... I'm guessing ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

Nothing. Everything in fossil fuels currently in use can be mass produced. It would simply cost more than pumping it out of the ground. Fossil fuels are merely a cheap, but inefficient, way to ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

While there are some great answers, the simplest chemistry-based answer is that it is almost impossible to efficiently form carbon-carbon bonds other than with biological systems. We can make H2 by ...
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Parking in the open in heavy rains

If you are talking about a motorcycle, i would recomend you to invest in a motorcycle cover that you could pull over your bike when it's parked.
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Parking in the open in heavy rains

This sort of scenario is not good for any automobile. Especially when you include "Monsoon". Since you will be driving it everyday your only real problem will be way of dealing with rust. Use WD -...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

There are some good answers here to the off-topic question. Some people refer to problems of "cost", some to problems of "energy". Pay attention though: these are the same thing really. You have to do ...
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Leaking A/C condenser - evacuate before repair?

If the system has a leak, the refrigerant will certainly disperse, as you know. Additionally, outside air, along with humidity will then invade. Part of evacuating an air conditioner involves removing ...
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Is it safe to vent R-1234yf to atmosphere?

TL;DR: R-1234yf is expected to evaporate in the event of a spill According to the Honeywell material safety data sheet (MSDS), R-1234yf is fairly similar to R-134a, with a few key differences: ...
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What is in fossil fuels that we can't mass produce?

Bear in mind that we use petrochemicals (carbon compounds extracted or released from the ground) for two distinctly different purposes: fuel and raw material for manufacture of all sorts of things. To ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

Water, Dawn (dishwashing detergent) and rubbing alcohol makes a great solvent, and it's not too hard on the environment.
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