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New Oil Sources and Military Consumption

Created on July 21, 2011

New Oil Sources and Military Consumption

The U.S. military uses about 360,000 barrels of oil per day, an amount that could easily be accommodated by tapping into new domestic sources of oil.


3,000,000 1,000,000 360,000 200,000 175,000 50,000 26,000

Hydrofracking old oil fields

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Total U.S. military oil consumption

Thunderhorse oil platform (Gulf of Mexico)

U.S. Air Force jet fuel total

One offshore oil well

U.S. Air Force biofuel target in 2016

Barrels per Day


Source: Calculations by the author and the Center for Data Analysis. See footnotes for details.


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