Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Centercut Factoids - Per Capita Oil Usage By Country

The United States is 23rd in the world in per capita oil usage at 68.672 barrels per day per 1,000 people. The U.S. uses just under one fourth of all oil produced at approximately 20.5 million barrels per day.

The US uses roughly 25% of the world’s energy, but contributes 29% of total GDP – a very efficient GDP/Energy Ratio of 1:.86. China by contrast just passed the US as the biggest pollution emitter in the world, but contributes just 8.8% of total world GDP, a GDP/Energy ration of 1:5.6 – so clearly China has a far worse GDP/Energy ratio than the US, as one might expect in a newly industrialized country. (2007)

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