Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fact of the Day: Evil Petroleum

For many decades gasoline had a lead additive in it as an octane booster. While ethanol could have been used at the time, it was not chosen on purpose. Lead is very toxic, and it wasn't just affecting those who came in close contact with it. The lead was getting into the air as well, and causing a major public health concern. The EPA decided to crusade against it in 1976 with the total phase out completed in 1986.   

12 comments:

Pilar Domínguez said...

I didn´t know it was a question of health, I thought unleaded petrol had to do with money ( because I thought it was cheaper). Good day, Adam:)

Bob Bushell said...

There was a lot of people that were against it,, they were STUPID.

Emmylou said...

Agree with the comment above. Why would anyone want lead anywhere (even at that time) was crazy!

PS Are you starting season 2 soon? :D

Kati said...

And still people tried to convince the public it is not unhealthy at all...bloody lobbyists.

-Kati

Margaret D said...

I really can't remember why petrol became with out lead in it in this country.

Dascha said...

Wow :o

xoxo

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Thank goodness it was phased out! I can't imagine how much lead people my age and older were exposed to!

Elisabeth said...

1986 - my birth year! Thanks for stopping by my blog Adam!

xxx
E from Helsinki, Finland
http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

Sandra Cox said...

Ah, I did not know that. Thanks for sharing.

stephen Hayes said...

Lead is indeed poisonous. That's why the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland was mad. Hats back then were lined with lead and those who made them suffered terribly.

Linda said...

Wow, thanks for sharing this, Adam!

bj said...

Yep, that lead was all around us...in gas, paint...my daddy worked with a man that
jabbed a LEAD pencil point into his hand and he died from lead poisoning ....this was back in the 1940's when pencils had lead.