Here is a wonderful description of what we do, and why, when we fill our car’s fuel tank:
Motorised transport is a form of time travel. We mine the compressed time of other eras – the infinitisimal rain of plankton onto the ocean floor, the settlement of trees in anoxic swamps – and use it to accelerate through our own. Every tank of fuel contains thousands of years of accretions. Our future depends on the expectation that the past will never be exhausted.
From an article on the complacency and double standards of the government in relation to transport policy.
It’s precious stuff!