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World petroleum use sets record high in 2012 despite declines in North America and Europe, Source: EIA

August 26, 2013 in China, EIA, EV News, Oil

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics Note: Oceania is grouped with Asia; it accounts for 1% of world consumption.  Courtesy of EIA

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics
Note: Oceania is grouped with Asia; it accounts for 1% of world consumption.
Courtesy of EIA

The world’s consumption of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heating oil, and other petroleum products reached a record high of 88.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2012, as declining consumption in North America and Europe was more than outpaced by growth in Asia and other regions (see animated map below). A previous article examined regional trends in petroleum consumption between 1980 and 2010; today’s article extends that analysis through 2012.

Some recent annual trends in Asia, North America, and Europe, the world’s three top petroleum-consuming regions, are discussed below:


In 2009, Asia surpassed North America as the world’s largest petroleum-consuming region as consumption rebounded from its 2008 decline. Between 2008 and 2012, Asia’s consumption increased by 4.4 million bbl/d. The rapidly industrializing economies of China and India fueled much of Asia’s demand increase, growing 2.8 million bbl/d and 800,000 bbl/d, respectively. If China’s use of petroleum continues to grow as projected, it is expected to replace the United States as the world’s largest net oil importer this fall.

North America

Petroleum use in North America, which is dominated by consumption in the United States, has declined since 2005. Declines in petroleum consumption in the United States in 2008 and 2009 occurred during the economic downturn. Increased consumption in 2010 reflected improving economic conditions. In 2011 and 2012, higher oil prices and increased fuel efficiency of light-duty vehicles contributed to reduced U.S. consumption. Motor gasoline consumption, which makes up almost half of total U.S. liquids fuel consumption, fell by 290,000 bbl/d between 2010 and 2012 as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards led to improvements in vehicle fuel economy that outpaced highway travel growth.


Petroleum use in Europe has declined in every year since 2006. Part of this decline was related to a reduction in overall energy intensity and government policies that encourage energy efficiency. Europe’s weak economic performance has also affected its petroleum use, with declines of 780,000 bbl/d in 2009 and 570,000 bbl/d in 2012 occurring at a time of slow growth and/or recessions in many European countries.

Further detail on the outlook for petroleum consumption can be found in EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, International Energy Outlook 2013, and Annual Energy Outlook 2013.

Video Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics

This article is a repost, credit: US Energy Information Administration, Today In Energy,

Tesla, Federal Reserve, Hyperloop and Oil

August 15, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Hyperloop, Oil, Tesla

The US stock market took a dive due to interest rate concerns.  The Dow closed down 225 points as interest rates rose; the 10 year Treasury yield is now 2.77%.  Digesting interest rate concerns will be a tough slog for the stock market moving forward.

Hyperloop design Image courtesy of Tesla

Hyperloop design
Image courtesy of Tesla

Tesla stock (TSLA) eked out a gain despite the slump on Wall Street.  TSLA closed at $139.67, up .22% on the day.  With rail projects being considered across the country, the Hyperloop must have caught the attention of many state and city transportation professionals.  It would not be that surprising to hear of interest to trial the technology outside of California.  After all, the Hyperloop could prove to be an enormous economic boost for states and cities willing to construct it.  California should consider itself lucky that Mr. Musk would even consider the LA – SF Hyperloop.

The oil market rose again today due to continued unrest in the Middle East.  News reports and photos from Egypt were disturbing with many dead from various clashes.  Bloomberg reported: “At least 525 people died, including police, and more than 3,700 were injured in yesterday’s violence, according to official tallies.  The Muslim Brotherhood, which backs Mursi and led the protests, said the death toll was many times higher.”  Brent oil has now climbed over $111 per barrel.

China is expected to be the largest net oil importer at the end of this year, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which necessitates that China have a strong currency to pay for the oil.  Certainly, China is not going to rely on the US Dollar forever.  When the Yuan freely floats on international currency exchanges, economic power will tilt to Asia.  China did sell US Treasuries in June.  Bloomberg reported: “China’s stake dropped by $21.5 billion in June, or 1.7 percent, to $1.276 trillion, according to Treasury Department data released yesterday.”