Fossil Fuels Saved The Whales

“The Daily Courier
04 Feb 1939, Sat – Page 6


One of Pennsylvania’s chief claims to fame is the fact that the oil industry originated and was developed largely within her borders. Few industries have a more fascinating story.

In the 1850’s the industrialization of the United States caused a rapid’ increase in demand for illuminants and lubricants. Whale oil had been widely used for both, and its price soared to $2.50 a gallon, Substitutes were developed, and vegetable oils partly replaced whale oil as a lubricant. In England a method of distilling kerosene from coal was developed, and a coal-oil industry was rapidly growing in this country.”

04 Feb 1939, Page 6 – The Daily Courier at

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