DEFINITION This entry is the total oil
consumed in barrels per day (bbl/day). The discrepancy between
the amount of oil produced and/or imported and the amount
consumed and/or exported is due to the omission of stock
changes, refinery gains, and other complicating factors.
DEFINITION: This entry
is the total oil consumed in barrels per day (bbl/day). The
discrepancy between the amount of oil produced and/or imported
and the amount consumed and/or exported is due to the omission
of stock changes, refinery gains, and other complicating
Joseph, China's oil demand has been growing at an average 7% since
1990, and while it's now the second largest oil consumer after the
USA, its consumption in 2004 was around six million barrels per day,
against a little over 20 in the USA. But if the current trend
continues, China's consumption is expected to equal that of the USA
by the mid-2020s.
Murray Staff editor 18th March 2005
response to Ferngariby:
Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels contribute to acid rain,
global warming and poor air quality. In turn, these are responsible
for environmental damage and human health problems including
aggravation of asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and existing heart
disease and reducing the immune system response to inhaled micro
As a result of these concerns in December 1997 the Kyoto
Protocol, which set limits for the emission of greenhouse gases
was negotiated. In February 2005, 141 countries including the
People's Republic of China had ratified the agreement. The United
States has not ratified the protocol due to concern over some
details, in particular that most provisions of the Kyoto protocol
apply only to developed countries.
Vemuri Staff Editor 24th March 2005
Michael, you're right. The EIA has
estimated that demand for oil in the United States would reach
28.3 million barrels per day in 2025, with transportation demand
projected to grow to 41.2 quadrillion Btu in 2025. It has projected
that energy use for transportation in China would be 14.0
quadrillion Btu in 2025.
Graham Staff Editor 30th March 2005
to Al Jazeera, an International Energy Agency (IEA) report suggests
that governments should cut back fuel consumption by encouraging
car-pooling, cutting or eliminating bus and subway fares, and
enforcing speed restrictions and compulsory driving bans.
The driving bans suggested include requiring everyone not to
drive one day out of every 10, or limiting vehicles with odd- or
even-numbered license plates to driving on odd- or even-numbered
The IEA study admits that enforcing such bans would require the
hiring of additional police or traffic officers. They estimate that
one additional officer would be required for every 100,000 employed
An emergency treaty of the IEA – the Agreement on an
International Energy Program – would require member countries to
reduce oil consumption by seven to 10 percent if activated. The
world’s five biggest economies – United States, Japan, Germany,
United Kingdom and France – are all members of the IEA.
Murray Staff Editor 18th April 2005
response to Ridiculous;
In 2004 South Korea consumed around 2.14 million barrels a day.
This amounts to a per capita use of 44.3 barrels per 1000 people per
day, a comparable usage rate to Australia.
Between 1980 and 2000, oil consumption in South Korea increased
fourfold. South Korea has ratified the Kyoto
Protocol to reduce emissions caused by the burning of fossil
fuels, although it has not undertaken to meet specific targets.
South Korea was not included in the list above as this
information has only recently become available to the
Murray Staff Editor 28th May 2005
The purpose of the Kyoto
Protocol is to reduce emissions of carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases regardless of how these
emissions are produced. Countries which intend to maintain or
increase their current level of emissions of these gases are able to
engage in emissions trading with countries whose emission levels are
lower that their quota (such as Australia and Iceland.)
The protocol only sets firm limits on developed or "Annex 1"
countries. All developing countries are exempt from the requirements
until they gain Annex 1 status. China, for example, which is
currently exempted from the requirements of the protocol, is
expected to become an Annex I country within the next decade. At
that time the exemption will be lifted.
The reasons that
no limits are placed on developing nations are:
Pollution is strongly linked to industrial growth and
restricting pollution may restrict economic growth in these
To prevent developing nations from selling emissions credits
to industrialised nations to permit those nations to over-pollute.
These countries receive money and technologies from some
The exemption of developing nations from the requirements of the
protocol is controversial and is the main reason that the United States has
not ratified the Kyoto Protocol.
(California, USA) 24th October 2007
chart only shows oil usage, not total energy use, and isn't adjusted
for energy efficiency. If you look at how much contribution to GDP
energy makes on a per BTU basis, the US looks considerably
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