How much oil is consumed in the United States?

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"Only a small amount of crude oil is directly consumed in the United States. Nearly all of the crude oil that is produced in or imported into the United States is refined into petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, and jet fuel, which are then consumed. Liquids produced from natural gas processing are also consumed as petroleum products. Renewable biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are used as substitutes for, or as additives to, refined petroleum products. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) includes biofuels in consumption of petroleum products.1
In 2017, the United States consumed a total of 7.28 billion barrels of petroleum products, an average of about 19.96 million barrels per day.
1 EIA uses product supplied as a proxy for U.S. petroleum consumption. Product supplied measures the disappearance of these products from petroleum refineries, natural gas processing plants, blending plants, pipelines, and bulk terminals."

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