fuel oil

noun

Definition of fuel oil 

: an oil that is used for fuel and that usually has a higher flash point than kerosene

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Until fairly recently, the conventional wisdom was that highly efficient natural gas furnaces were the environmentally preferable option, given that electrical appliances often draw on coal-heavy grid power (and fuel oil is just filthy). David Roberts, Vox, "Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify.," 2 July 2018 In the May inflation report, Statistics Canada said higher prices for gasoline, which rose 22.9%, and for fuel oil and other fuels, up 22.2%, were major contributors to the 12-month change in the consumer-price index. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Annual Inflation Falls Short Of Expectations In May," 22 June 2018 The big reduction was offset only partially by distillate fuel oil stocks rising by 4.1 million barrels. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. crude stocks take big dip," 11 July 2018 Demand for low-sulphur fuel oil and marine diesel is expected to double overnight in 2020, sending prices soaring (see chart). The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 China's calamity highlights efforts underway to prevent heavy fuel oil spills in other sensitive, but far more challenging waters. Anchorage Daily News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, January 16, 2018," 16 Jan. 2018 Some 3,000 gallons of the oil, thick and viscous Bunker C or heavy fuel oil, was contained in a rubber tank. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Bad weather blocks cleanup of oil spill in fragile waters near Kodiak," 28 Feb. 2018 Burning heavy fuel oil, the industry produces 13% of the world’s sulphur emissions and 15% of its nitrogen oxides. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 The pipeline has also been viewed as a first, indirect step to getting lower cost natural gas to numerous villages in Western Alaska that currently rely on fuel oil their primary heat and electricity sources. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Army Corps to publish final Donlin mine environmental review April 27," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fuel oil

1893, in the meaning defined above

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