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A Niagara of Oil

Niagara Falls, at the border between U.S. and Canada.

Imagine you sitting in front of Niagara Falls and watching all that water falling over a week, or 168 long hours. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), that is the volume of oil the U.S. consumed in 2013, which amounts to 6.9 billion barrels a year, or roughly 19 million barrels a day (a barrel has 42 gallons, or 159 liters). To give you a better feeling of the volumes we are talking about, a supertanker ship can carry “only” the equivalent of two million barrels
That is crude oil. What about gasoline? According to the same source, American gasoline consumption in 2013 adds to 3.2 billion barrels. If that got your attention, you can find more interesting information about oil in the site below: