By the turn of the 20th century, he controlled 90% of all oil refineries in the u.s. through his oil company, standard oil, which was later on broken up to become chevron, exxon, mobil etc.
at the same time, around 1900, scientists discovered “petrochemicals” and the ability to create all kinds of chemicals from oil. for example, the first plastic — called bakelite — was made from oil in 1907. scientists were discovering various vitamins and guessed that many pharmaceutical drugs could be made from oil.
this was a wonderful opportunity for rockefeller who saw the ability to monopolize the oil, chemical and the medical industries at the same time!
the best thing about petrochemicals was that everything could be patented and sold for high profits.
Thai airways triple 777 cruising at 40,000ft over singapore. the view must be great up there. the contrails left behind are the water vapor from the hot engine exhaust. the high temperature water vapor leaves the engines and condenses immediately with the extreme cold air at high altitude to form the trail of white “clouds” which can last as long as 20 minutes. no chemicals, just pure physics. #planespotting #aviationgeek #boeing777#hotcloudlessday#contrails#400mm