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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, are used as substitutes for, or as additives to, refined petroleum products. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) includes biofuels in consumption of petroleum products. EIA uses product supplied as a proxy for U.S. petroleum consumption.

In 2018, the United States consumed an average of about 20.5 million barrels of petroleum per day, or a total of about 7.5 billion barrels of petroleum products.

Learn more:
Monthly Energy Review, Table 3.1: Petroleum Overview
Energy Explained: Crude Oil and Petroleum Products–Use of Oil
Petroleum product supplied data
U.S. petroleum supply and disposition data

Last updated: September 4, 2019


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