Frequently Asked Questions

How dependent is the United States on foreign oil?

In 2012, about 40% of the petroleum consumed by the United States was imported from foreign countries.1 This was the lowest level since 1991.

Petroleum includes crude oil and petroleum products. Petroleum products include gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, jet fuel, chemical feedstocks, asphalt, biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel), and other products. In 2012, about 57% of the crude oil processed in U.S. refineries was imported.

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1Based on net petroleum imports; preliminary data.

Last updated: June 3, 2013

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