The most exploitative commodity today, comparable to tea in 1773 is fossil fuel, Texas tea, dino juice,
bubbling crude, burning water, lube, black gold, oil, petrol. Texas tea is comparable
to black tea as both are liquid and might appear the same color. They are
more comparable and similar in that tea was, and oil is, a means of
exploitation. Tea was a tool for exploitation centuries prior, while oil
is today, only in an exponential fashion. The potential of tea to exploit
was minute next to the potential for petrol to do the same.
There was merely a casual physical dependence on tea. There is an overwhelming, ever infiltrating, global, industrial, institutional and individual dependence on petroleum products. It is not a natural dependence, it is an institutionalized dependence. Today tea, coffee and all things caffeine make up the most widely consumed beverages on the world. Coffee is second only to petrol in global trade. Yet, tea, coffee and all things caffeine, are but a sideline venture in terms of global use and exploitation, compared to petrol and octane. Caffeine may be part of a nice drink, but petrol is literally and figuratively in everything.
Today petrol is needed in order to obtain and distribute everything, even petrol itself. The movement of people is dependent on petrol. Production and shipment of everything is dependent on petrol. The tea business and every other business are all dependent on petrol. Nearly all individual and institutional energy needs are met by burning petrol and its accompaniments.
FACT: Over 30% of world's electricity comes from burning coal.
Humanity's existence revolves around petrol and its accompaniments; the burning of petrol is a global phenomenon. The status quo of today is interconnected with fossil fuel; it is everywhere, in everything. All institutions and individuals are dependent on it and use it. Petrol is everywhere, burned up and spilled into in the world's environment. Take a breath, have a sip - it is in there. It is our greatest entrapment and detractor and yet, also our greatest liberator. There is no getting away from it, whether one lives next to a processing facility or in wild seclusion.
Petrol is decayed carbon matter from the distant past buried under extreme pressures. The decaying mass is pressurized and over time, creates carbon fuels. Coal is created from the same process and is essentially oil that has not aged as long and liquefied. A less acceptable theory is that instead of being pressurized and decayed biomass, fossil-fuel is from much older, Earth forming, geological processes. Either way, petroleum is a nonrenewable resource. Practically all of the world's industry, farming and transportation are dependent upon this nonrenewable resource.