A potentially catastrophic situation is emerging that threatens to wipe out the entire supply of diesel engine oil across the United States, leaving the country with no diesel engine oil until 2023.
Chemical manufacturers of diesel engine oil additives have declared "force majeure" ( a force they cannot control) and have ceased supply operations to the diesel engine oil manufacturers. Those manufacturers combine base oils with “additive packages” to create diesel engine oil.
(This story is referring to the OIL that goes inside a diesel engine, and NOT Diesel "fuel.")
Antioxidants, anti-corrosion agents, dispersing additives, antirust mechanisms, friction modifiers, EP additives, antifoaming agents, antioxidants, are all chemicals that must be added to the oil for diesel engines so they can operate. Without these additives, diesel engine oil manufacturers cannot produce the final oil products that lubricate diesel engines.
Because key manufacturers of these additives have ceased operations, diesel engine oil can apparently no longer be produced in the USA, at least not until these necessary chemicals are restored to full supply, which may not be until the year 2023.
If trucks have to shut down because their engine oil is exhausted, ALL COMMERCE will cease, because everything in the country, except electricity and natural gas, MUST - at some point - be transported by truck. No trucks means no products. No products means no commerce.
Full, complete, collapse.