Jan. 30, 2016
In 2006, then-President George Bush told the nation "we have a serious problem ... America is addicted to oil." Here's what's happened since:
Average U.S. price for a gallon of gasoline, January 2006: $2.33
Average price in January 2016: $1.91
Benchmark price, barrel of W. Texas Intermediate Crude, Jan. 2006: $65.48
As of Jan. 25, 2016: $30.34
Percentage of U.S. oil that is imported, 2006: 60
Percentage imported, 2014: 27
Fuel efficiency, miles per gallon, U.S. vehicles, 2006: 17.2
Light truck sales (pickups, SUV’s, Crossovers) in the United States in 2006: 8.7 million
Sales in 2016: 9.7 million
U.S. hybrid electric vehicle sales in 2006: 252,636
Hybrid sales in 2014: 443,824
Number of earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater in Oklahoma from 2000 through 2009: 26
Magnitude 3.0 and above earthquakes in Oklahoma in 2016 alone: 857
Wastewater injection, in millions of barrels per month, in Oklahoma in 1997: 80 million
In 2014: 160 million
Total vehicle miles traveled, 2006: 3.0 trillion
In 2015: 3.1 trillion
In 1971: 1.0 trillion
Global oil rigs in operation, January 2006: 3,038
In operation, January 2016: 1,982
Crude oil shipped by rail in US, 2010, millions of barrels: 20.2
Oil shipped by rail in 2014: 380.7
Oklahoma wastewater injection data
Percentage of US oil that is imported
Compiled by Peter Dykstra
source: The Daily Climate
Peter Dykstra is the weekend editor for The Daily Climate and its sister publication, Environmental Health News. Follow him on Twitter at @pdkystra.
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