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How Much Oil Does America Use? Check Out This Infographic

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America's Addiction to Oil Infographic (CJPonyParts.com)

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The rate at which we use fuel even on an individual basis can be pretty surprising.

If you do just 10,000 miles per year at 30 mpg, you'll use 333.3 gallons in a year. That's around 2,800 pounds, or the weight of a small compact car--the sort of car that'd do around 30 mpg in the first place.

On a countrywide scale, the statistics are staggering--put into a handy infographic by blogger Adrienne Erin, writing on CJPonyParts.

Some of the statistics are fascinating. The U.S. uses 18 millon barrels daily, just to fuel its vehicles.

With 42 gallons per barrel (42 gallons is equivalent to six weeks' fuel for that 10,000-mile, 30 mpg car) that 18 million barrels equates to 756 million gallons. Incidentally, that's total fuel used by transport. The figure for gasoline is lower--around half, in fact, with 2006 being the peak year for gasoline fuel use in the U.S.

Still, that number pales in comparison to just how much oil is pumped out of the ground globally, on a daily basis--53 million barrels, to be precise.

Graphs show how U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency rose sharply in 2007--though conversely, fuel use has generally been dropping since 2004.

You can also see how much gas costs in some other countries compared to the U.S, and how much U.S. mass transit has been cut, in comparison to spending on highways.

Some statistics seem a little off or out of date--in the U.S. and Portugal comparison, for example, Portugal's oil use seems a little low. The statistics for number of cars in Europe and U.S. which achieve more than 40 mpg combined is from 2005 too--there are now 17 cars in the U.S. that achieve more than 40 mpg combined, a huge improvement.

The figures for global oil use are difficult to comprehend, given their enormity--but it's good to know both carmakers and consumers, as well as other industries, are doing their best to reduce the amount of oil we use.

America's Addiction to Oil Infographic (CJPonyParts.com)

America's Addiction to Oil Infographic (CJPonyParts.com)

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America's Addiction to Oil Infographic (CJPonyParts.com)

America's Addiction to Oil Infographic (CJPonyParts.com)

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  1. Perhaps I missed the link to the original article, but it might be useful because the images are trashed by the GCR porting.
    http://blog.cjponyparts.com/2013/04/americas-addiction-to-oil-infographic/
     
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  2. When discussing statistics on barrels oil vs. gallons … don't forget to include the "Refinery Factor" in your conversion!

    "U.S. refineries produce about 19 gallons of motor gasoline from one barrel (42 gallons) of crude oil."
    http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=24&t=10

    BTW: On average, a gallon pumped into an U.S. vehicle contains less than 90% gasoline; most states require 10-15% ethanol per gallon.
     
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  3. End of Oil - 2053

    If correct; humanity is not ready. I may not be here but I know my kids will have to deal with it. Given coal will still be there as well as Nuclear, EVs will hopefully be the shining light in the mid-century.

    I think end of oil really is more like 2130 or so.
     
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  4. "The U.S. uses 18 millon barrels daily, just to fuel its vehicles" overstates U.S. oil use for fuel. For 2012:

    Finished Motor Gasoline - 8,703 Mb/d (includes 826 Mb/d ethanol)
    Distillate Fuel Oil (diesel) - 3,743 Mb/d
    Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel - 1,399 Mb/d
    Other Finished Petroleum Products (petrochemicals, asphalt, etc.) - 2,310 Mb/d

    Gasoline - ethanol + diesel + jet = 13,019 Mb/d

    Source: U.S. EIA http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_sum_snd_d_nus_mbblpd_a_cur.htm
     
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  5. Thanks Darrell, I was about to post the same thing.
     
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  6. You're welcome, Greg. But I need to correct my units: It's either 13,019 THOUSAND barrels/day or 13.019 MILLION barrels/day.
     
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