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How much oil is consumed in the United States?

Only a small amount of crude oil is directly consumed in the United States.  Nearly all of the crude oil that is produced in or imported into the United States is refined into petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, and jet fuel, which are then consumed.  Liquids produced from natural gas processing are also consumed as petroleum products.  Renewable biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, can be used as a substitute for or an additive to refined petroleum products.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) includes volumes of biofuels in data on total petroleum consumption.1

In 2014, the United States consumed a total of 6.95 billion barrels of petroleum products, an average of 19.05 million barrels per day.2 This total includes about 0.34 billion barrels of biofuels.

1 EIA uses product supplied as a proxy for U.S. petroleum consumption. Product supplied measures the disappearance of these products from primary sources, for example, refineries, natural gas processing plants, blending plants, pipelines, and bulk terminals.

2 Preliminary data for 2014.

Learn more:

Energy Explained: Crude Oil and Petroleum Products–Use of Oil

Data on U.S. petroleum supply and disposition

Last updated: March 12, 2015


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