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Is Synthetic Oil and Fuel Our New Future?

You know the old saying of, “The only thing that stays the same is everything changes.” That is still true. Over the last decade global warming was the buzz phrase that got everyone in an uproar. It then went on to climate change, and with it started and stopped many projects concerning petroleum use. On his first day in office, newly sworn in President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. The previous presidency allowed the pipeline to continue work to bring crude oil from Canada down into the Gulf of Mexico for refining. With all of the starts and stops, favorable and unfavorable decisions on petroleum use, you have to start wondering if we should just accept that synthetic replacements are going to be the future.

What if Synthetic Oil is Our Future?

If you’ve walked down the aisle at your local auto parts or major big box store, you’ve no doubt seen the different variations and viscosities of oil products available. Some are plain oil, others are synthetic blends, and still others are 100% synthetic. That includes greases, spray lubricants, and cleaners available on the shelves. Synthetic oils aren’t new. In fact, industry pioneers like AMSOIL have been developing synthetic oils and cleaners since the early 1970s. They’ve developed a healthy market of products that offer protection for your personal equipment, heavy-duty trucks, or your day-to-day drivers.

So what happens if petroleum products become the new target of climate change, and the push to synthetics ramps up full speed? States like California have already adopted future rules to eliminate internal combustion engines in new vehicles, both private and commercial. Other states are considering following suit. Even the United States government has hinted at it. If petroleum uses become more and more limited, the price may continue to go up. Synthetics offer superior protection and longevity, but many say the price isn’t worth the investment to them. If that lower priced option becomes more expensive, or even priced equally, would it be worth it then? Does that signal that synthetic oils are becoming our future?

Did You Know About Synthetic Fuels?

You’ve heard about E10 and E85, which contain a portion of ethanol in current gasoline blends. Yes, you can still find ethanol-free gasoline, but it’s getting harder and harder to come by nationwide. Some communities outside the Midwest don’t offer it as an option at all. If petroleum-based oils become targets, you can assume that gasoline, diesel, and anything also made from crude oil will be an associated target. Could fuel prices be double or triple in the coming years as it has in the past?

That brings us to think about synthetic fuels. If you haven’t heard about them, there are many interesting research papers online to look through. Synfuels offer advantages and challenges compared to conventional oil-based fossil fuels available today at the pumps. Synthetic fuel is a category of fuels that includes any fuel produced from coal, natural gas or biomass feedstocks through chemical conversion. These fuels are typically made from by-products from current processes that are widely available, and through chemical transformation via the Fischer-Tropsch process. While they sound like the right answer to combat the instability in petroleum markets, they aren’t a fix-all solution.

One of the biggest drawbacks to synfuels is that they need more research and development to become a widely available option. Manufacturers such as Porsche are already studying future options in hopes to keep classic vehicles operating well. A truly synthetic fuel, not necessarily based on a by-product, may become the only option available. Burning cleaner, more available, and the prospect of less pollution sounds a little like a science-fiction narrative. It still may become the future.

Want to Experiment with Synthetic Oil?

You might think that the retail cost of AMSOIL is a little more than you want to spend on your vehicle or power equipment. Would the deal be better if you could drop the prices up to 25% off the listed retail price? You actually can with the AMSOIL Preferred Customer program. It offers up to 25% off retail pricing, free shipping on orders over $100, other bonus offers throughout the year, and it’s just $20 for a 1-year membership. If you want to order ahead of time on products, a 6-month membership is just $10. If you’ve ever thought about trying synthetic oil, but were a little skeptical, perhaps now is a perfect time to try it. You may find that it offers more protection and savings than you realized.

Keeping your vehicles in top shape is a must. They are an investment, and one of the best ways to protect your investment is keeping the fluids full with premium fluids from AMSOIL. They offer superior protection and are backed by a warranty. You probably won’t get that same guarantee from the bargain brand. If you’re not sure what maintenance strategy will work best for your vehicle, contact us for help. Basin Motorsports is your local AMSOIL dealer, and are here to help keep your vehicles and power equipment running smoothly. We utilize AMSOIL products extensively in our vehicles, equipment for our working 100-acre farm, and our motorsport ventures.