Oil, oil everywhere: the facts on US oil consumption

Thu, 2007-03-29 11:50Kevin Grandia
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Oil, oil everywhere: the facts on US oil consumption

Since we've started reporting more heavily on the solutions side of the global warming issue, DSBlog readers have been asking lately for more information on North American oil consumption. When people say the US is addicted to oil, they aren't kidding, here's some oil consumption facts from the US Energy Information Administration:

US Petroleum Consumption per day: over 20 million barrels per day (one barrel = 42 gallons)

US Motor gasoline consumption per day: over 9 million barrels per day (384 million gallons)

Share of US oil consumption for transportation: 69% 

Top oil consuming country: US at over 20 million barrels per day

Second highest oil consuming country: China at 6.9 million barrels per day 

Total world production of oil per day: 84 million barrels

Total world petroleum production per day: 84.5 million barrels

US crude oil imports: over 10 million barrels per day

Top US crude oil supplier: Canada

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[[US Petroleum Consumption per day: over 20 million barrels per day (one barrel = 42 gallons)
US Motor gasoline consumption per day: over 9 million barrels per day (384 million gallons)
Share of US oil consumption for transportation: 69%]]

9/20 is 45%, of course. I assume the discrepancy comes from the losses in converting oil to gasoline? If we’re taking 69% of the oil and only getting the equivalent of 45% out of it, that’s tremendous waste. Or does the discrepancy come from non-gasoline transportation, e.g. diesel?

I just took a quick look at a website explaining the oil refining process and found this little factoid: “only 40% of distilled crude oil is gasoline.”

So it looks like your quick math is correct.

Yeah, that’s right. We just toss the leftovers into a pond in a rainforest. Preferably next door to a daycare centre. LOL!
It is distilled into other products like kerosene, I think. I hope…

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