Oil was a substance found on some worlds, sometimes mined as a source of energy. the Doctor complained that being dependent on "mineral slime" did not make sense. He suggested the energising of hydrogen as an alternative. (DW: Terror of the Zygons)
During the late 20th century drilling of oil off the cost of Scotland started, by several companies including Hibernian Oil. Four oil rigs off the coast of Scotland were destroyed by the Zygons. (DW: Terror of the Zygons)
By the 40th century Humans were still drilling for oil, despite the Earth being depleted. Companies like Oil Corp would use mecha oil rigs to drill oil on distant worlds like Boukon. (DW: The Infinite Quest)
Oil was a substance that existed in a liquid state at room temperature. Most of Earth's early technological revolutions were "fueled" by this substance as it was a useful of fuels and lubrication. When burned, this product produced smog.
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Oil, although not the only energy source in the world of Fallout, was a cause of the Resource Wars in 2052. America found it necessary to use the army to secure pipelines and oil fields meaning oil was still very important just before the Great War in 2077.The world was known to be using nuclear cars and energy, "fission batteries", and micro fusion technology. There are several possible reasons that oil was a vital resource for a civilization that could be powered by nuclear energy. As an even cheaper alternative to nuclear energy. To power lighter or smaller vehicles, such as airplanes. As a lubricant for nuclear powered machines, and for the production of plastics.
Oil based fuel may have been cheaper to use than nuclear fuel even up to the great war. It's known that Europe and the Middle East collapsed after the middle east oil fields ran dry at the start of the Resource Wars. That means that both Europe and the Middle East's energy economies were based upon oil. Oil, being cheaper than nuclear power, was used until oil reserves ran dry. With their collective economies focused on oil, there was no revenue diverted to making the switch to nuclear power. Or at the time nuclear powered cars were not available. That suggests high start up or costs for nuclear powered transit. At least when the Resource Wars began. In the real world it's currently cheaper to run cars on electricity but the cost of electric cars are so much higher that few people are currently using it, hydrogen powered cars exist but are expensive, and oil remains dominate. During the U.S. oil embargo electric cars existed in the United States but even extremely expensive gas was cheaper to use in new and existing cars. A similar situation could have taken place in the Fallout world as well.
The Resource Wars started over 20 years before the Great War. The Fallout games take place in the world devastated by the Great War and the ruins are a snapshot of technology at the time.
In the world of Fallout there are many abandoned nuclear powered cars, meaning that part of the transit fleet was no longer using oil. In Fallout 3 however, there are several gas stations that would be useless in a non petrol reliant environment, if these fuel stations even provide regular petrol. Fallout 3 also has a large number of cars striped down to their chassis, making it impossible to determine what type of fuel was expended to propel them. The presence of both gas stations and nuclear cars could mean that America was still in the process of nuclear conversion; still making oil important. There is no information on the price difference between scarce supplies of oil and nuclear power in the world of Fallout. It’s possible that all the nuclear cars were high end niche products, but this is downplayed by the fact that public transportation in the D.C. area, did use nuclear power for propulsion. While such upgrades to city technology is usually put off until the option is cost effective, which would mean that nuclear power presented less of a drain on city budget.
Some vehicles were know to be still using oil fuels, meaning some unknown problem existed that prevented 100% nuclear power. Planes seen in Fallout 3 still appear to liquid fuel powered jet engines. The cars that are known to be powered by nuclear are very large and heavy; that could be a design choice, or it can be a side effect of very heavy nuclear generators. A heavy nuclear generator would mean many airplanes would be powered by oil. So even if civilians used nuclear power military applications might still have required oil.
Synthetic oil, though used in limited applications during WWII wasn’t marketed until the 1960's. If in the world of Fallout synthetic oil was never mass produced they would still be using natural oil for lubricants. Cars, planes, factories and power armor would all rely on natural oil lubricants. Even if a large switch had been made to nuclear power, oil, as a lubricant, would still be crucial to the machine industry.
Oil is used to make many materials, including plastics. Combat Armor used composite plastics, in conjunction with ceramics, as did the T-51b Power Armor. Factory working of clays and production of plastics would require the use of oil. Not only for the factory equipment but also for the treating of clay in the forms of various chemicals. Other important plastics are Polycarbonate, which would be used in impact resistant plastics like riot shields and or face masks. An even less suspecting, but perhaps the most crucial plastic to the Fallout story, is polytetrafluoroethylene or more commonly known as Teflon. Teflon is a chemically resistant, low friction, metal coating discovered by Roy Plunkett in 1938, 12 years before the timeline divergence. As Teflon is needed in the highly corrosive process of Refining Uranium for atomic weapons. The very sort of weapons used to destroy much of the Fallout world during the great war of 2077.
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Oil is a status effect as well as the name of Green Magick spell that causes it. It triples the damage an affected creature or character takes from fire-based spells while in effect. It can only be removed by using a handkerchief or a remedy. The License of Oil is Green Magick 5 that costs 40 License Points.
The International Zodiac Job System version retains Oil as Green Magick with its License being Green Magick 1 that still costs 40 LP. Oil can be learned by five job classes; White Mage, Machinist, Red Mage, Time Mage and Black Mage, although Machinist must obtain the Esper License for Exodus first.
Oil is a status effect that doubles the effect of fire attacks on the inflicted character. The inflicted character will turn a certain gray and a oil drop icon floats above it. It is normally caused by a Bomb's Self Destruct or a Ghost's Oily Touch, but other enemy attacks such as from Malboro's Bad Breath or Reaver's Bio can cause it. It can be removed when the character is attacked by fire, or using Remedy.
Per usual, it increases the amount of damage you take from fire element attacks. The Oil spell can be cast by the Green Mage. In addition, a Blue Mage may learn the spell Unction from a Red Marshmallow, which inflicts the Oil status. A Spellblade can learn "Oil Blade" from the Broadsword. Oil is cured by the Handkerchief or Remedy items.
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Wikipedia Article About Oil on Wikipedia
Vegetable oil or vegoil is fat extracted from plant sources, known as oil plants. Although in principle other parts of plants may yield oil, in practice seeds form the almost exclusive source. Vegetable oils are used as cooking oils and for industrial uses. Some types, such as cottonseed oil, castor oil and some types of rapeseed oil, are not fit for human consumption without further processing.
Oil was a slippery substance used as a lubricant for mechanical devices. Droids were often given oil baths to remove contaminants from their mechanical parts. At times, though, oil could get clogged in a droid's photoreceptors. On Drexel II, Governor Quarg's band of marooned pirates procured oil by extracting it from the planet's native fish population. When C-3PO was treated to an oil bath that used this particular type of oil, he remarked that his olfactory sensors were strangely affected by it.
Oil is a generic term for a slippery liquid that won't mix readily with water. Oils vary widely in composition but generally consist of mixed organic compounds.
Oils find frequent use as lubricants, fuels, and solvents. Transformers are among the users of oils in these capacities; however, they sometimes consume certain oily substances in larger quantities than strictly required, resulting in impairment of certain functions, disorientation, and temporary mental dysfunction. Though at first it may seem odd, some actively seek these seemingly-deleterious effects. What is odder yet is that humans seek out and consume varying solutions of a certain hydrocarbon with a single hydroxyl group and experience effects quite similar to those mentioned above. Further study is needed to explain this strange coincidence.
The Decepticons raided an offshore rig drilling for oil, converting the oil into energon cubes. The Autobots arrived to stop them, resulting in the destruction of the rig. While the Decepticons got the Energon cubes, the Autobots managed to save the crew, and started their long friendship with the Witwicky family.
Head on down to Maccadam's Old Oil House for a pint.
Galvatron was a violent oil-oholic, constantly over-energizing and then rampaging.
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