The US consumed approximately 317.1 billion gallons of oil in 2006. This amount equals about 868.8 million gallons per day or 2.9 gallons per person per day. The following chart divides US oil usage by four primary sectors: commercial; residential; transportation; and industrial, which includes the agricultural, manufacturing, construction, and mining industries.
Editor's Note: Data in the chart above were extracted from the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) June 2008 "Annual Energy Outlook 2008," (3.15 MB) and the EIA's online "Petroleum Navigator" at www.eia.gov (accessed Nov. 17, 2008). ProCon.org used the raw data in the EIA's report, provided in quadrillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) per year for 2006, to determine the percentage and gallons of total US oil consumption by sector.
II. Products Made from Oil (as percentage of total US oil consumption in 2005)
Approximately 11% of US oil goes into the making of petrochemicals which are used in the production of several common products such as plastics, rubber, and synthetic materials. The following chart provides a random sampling of common products produced from petroleum-based petrochemicals: