EIA: US Gasoline/Petrol Use Hit All-Time High Last Year (2016)

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US gasoline/petrol use hit an all-time high in 2016 — with an average of 9.327 million barrels of the stuff being burnt every day during the year — going by the newest figures from the US Energy Information Administration Monthly Energy Review.

Those numbers represent a 1.6% increase from 2015. They compare to the previous record year in 2007, in which an average of 9.286 million barrels of gasoline/petrol were used per day.

Notably, earlier EIA (early 2016) projections were that 2016 gasoline use wouldn’t exceed that of 2007 owing to improvements to average vehicle fuel economy — but I guess that prediction didn’t pan out, and use is continuing to rise.


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