The end of the filling station?February/09 | am:9:41 / No Comments 264 views
There’s an oil boom right now. Worldwide demand demand for fuel is the highest it has been in eight years and it’s not showing any signs of stopping. The United States Department of Energy predicts that 2017 will show record demand from Americans, as miles driven increase and car sales skyrocket to all-time highs — just as they did in 2015 and 2016.
In the third quarter of 2015, cars in the UK were up 600,000, to 25.8 million. And America has 275 million cars on the road right now. Many of those cars in both countries need petrol. But there’s this weird thing happening in the petrol industry that doesn’t seem to be logical when you look at those numbers: For over a decade, the number of petrol stations around the UK and the US have been slowly, and very steadily, declining. From 2002 to 2012 the number of fueling stations in America went from 170,018 to 156,065. So, what’s going on? How is it possible that demand for fuel can be so high, when places built exclusively for accessing it are disappearing?