Fossil Fuels – Gasoline


Gasoline is made from oil, a fossil fuel. The United States uses about 140 billion gallons of gasoline per year. One barrel is 42 gallons, so that is about 3.4 billion barrels of gasoline (EIA 2009).

Natural fossil fuel deposits are not distributed evenly throughout the world. The fuel that a country cannot supply for itself must be imported from another country. The United States imports more than half of the petroleum it uses, or consumes. The petroleum is imported from several countries, such as Canada and Saudi Arabia.


(Image: Courtesy of DOE/NREL, Credit - Warren Gretz.)