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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 2023, of the approximately 7.4 billion barrels of total U.S. petroleum consumption, about 44% was finished motor gasoline (includes fuel ethanol), 19% was distillate fuel (heating oil and diesel fuel), and 8% was jet fuel. Nine types of hydrocarbon gas liquids combined made up 17% of total U.S. petroleum consumption. Other types of petroleum products (including biofuels: biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other biofuels) combined made up about 11% of total petroleum consumption in 2023.

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Last updated: March 28, 2024, with data from Petroleum Supply Monthly, February 2024; preliminary data.

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