Chart: It's Impossible to Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil with Domestic Drilling Chart: It's Impossible to Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil with Domestic Drilling
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Chart: It's Impossible to Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil with Domestic Drilling

by Ben Jervey

March 30, 2011

As you can see, the United States has far and away the highest burn rate in the world, a rather disconcerting 15-plus percent, or a full 50 percent higher than Norway and Mexico, the second and third nations, respectively.

In a hearing in which Markey presented this chart, he laid out a few of the plain, inconvenient numbers that are tied together in this burn rate. The United States:

  • Has 2 percent of the world's oil reserves
  • Produces 11 percent of world's oil
  • Consumes 25 percent of the world's oil

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Chart: It's Impossible to Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil with Domestic Drilling