Where Does Your Oil And Gas Come From, America?

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Ever curious where all that sweet fluid you pump into your car every week comes from? Or the petroleum used to make half the stuff you own? Great News! The U.S. Government supplied us all that information, which we then put into a really tall chart.


From the data it looks like we self-produce almost half of our oil, and the biggest chunk of the part we import is from Canada! Canada? That's not so bad at all! Who feels bad about supporting a sweet, poutine-gorged Canadian?

If you've ever decided you really want to stick it to one or another oil-producing country by not buying their filthy black oil, I'm afraid you're out of luck. That's because gas stations buy fuel from refineries, and refineries get their black gold from wherever they get the best deal. You're better off vandalizing an embassy.

And, just to clarify, the total petroleum numbers include the amount of crude oil plus refined products, like gasoline. That's why countries like Iraq, with minimal refining capabilities currently, have the same number for both. Not all the data on the refined numbers was available.

Anything about this information surprise you?

(Source: US Energy Information Administration)

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We import, and we export. And we're currently looking to export more.

"The U.S. sends about 120,000 barrels of crude a day to Canada under a Commerce Department license. Congress allows exports from Alaska’s Cook Inlet and for consumption in Canada, along with sales determined by the president to be in the national interest.

Exports must expand to sustain the boom that increased U.S. production last year by the most since the first commercial well was drilled in 1859, said Robin West, chairman of the oil consulting firm PFC Energy. Output is putting the nation on pace to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer by 2020, according to Energy Department data."