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U.S. Oil Consumption Continues to Rise

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According to the Energy Information Agency, a division of the Department of Energy, U.S. consumption of oil will grow nearly 2 percent in 2007. That's another 400,000 barrels per day.


Having explored some sources of petroleum, let's remember how it's used. Americans use more than 25 percent of the oil process worldwide, and that consumption will increase by 2 percent in 2007: which doesn't sound like much until you realize that means we will need 400,000 more barrels of oil per day to make sure that along with the gasoline we have all the crayons, bubble gum, dishwashing liquids, deodorant, eyeglasses, records, tires, ammonia, and heart valves that we need.

Those are some of the other products made from petroleum.

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