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What are petroleum products, and what is petroleum used for?

Petroleum products include transportation fuels, fuel oils for heating and electricity generation, asphalt and road oil, and feedstocks for making the chemicals, plastics, and synthetic materials that are in nearly everything we use. In 2021, of the approximately 7.2 billion barrels of total U.S. petroleum consumption, 44% was finished motor gasoline (includes fuel ethanol), 20% was distillate fuel (heating oil and diesel fuel), and 7% was jet fuel. Over 25 other types of petroleum products (including biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other biofuels) made up the other 29% of total petroleum consumption in 2021. Nine types of hydrocarbon gas liquids combined made up 17% of total U.S. petroleum consumption.

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Last updated: April 19, 2022


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