Gasoline dreams are fueling a new wave of gasoline wars.
Last week, the world saw the launch of an international trade war over the use of the sweetener “petroleum coke,” and this week, it was the first time the oil-based lubricant used to keep cars cool has been banned.
And while those oil wars may seem minor compared to the broader conflict over gasoline, it’s hard to think of a time in history when oil was used as a substitute for gasoline.
And that’s precisely what happened with “petro-dynamo” gasoline in Japan in the 1960s.
The country was the center of a worldwide oil glut, and Japan’s automakers struggled to compete.
But gasoline use exploded in Japan as cars were sold in ever larger amounts, resulting in the country becoming one of the world’s biggest oil producers.
It also was a source of pride for Japanese manufacturers and helped fuel a national love affair with petroleum.
In fact, Japanese automakers made a huge investment in their automotive products because they knew gasoline could be a source in emergencies.
“There were gas pumps in every street corner and every public building in Japan,” said Nobuo Saito, a professor of chemistry at the University of Tokyo.
“I have no doubt that there were thousands of gasoline pumps around the country.”
The U.S. has a much smaller auto industry, with only about 4,000 factories producing gasoline and diesel fuel.
But the U.K. has about 7,000, and the U