U.S. Fossil Fuel Consumption - Statistics & Facts
Statistics and facts about fossil fuel consumption in the U.S.
The story of fossil fuels began millions of years ago when ancient plants and organisms died and were gradually buried by layers of rock and sediment. As these layers grew thicker, the organic matter was subject to intense heat and pressure. The remains of plants and organisms can be chemically altered by this process and changed into substances known as coal, crude oil and natural gas. These are the three main types of fossil fuels.
Today, fossil fuel industries drill or mine for these energy sources, burn them to produce electricity, or refine them for use as fuel for heating or transportation. Coal was the first fuel exploited by humans for energy on a large scale, it is a black or brownish-black carbonaceous rock formed from dead trees and other plant animals. Coal is classified into four main types: anthracite, bituminous, sub-bituminous, and lignite. In 2015, the U.S. accounted for nearly 12 percent of the total coal production worldwide.
Crude oil and gas were formed from dead marine organisms. After crude oil is removed from the ground, it is sent to a refinery where different parts of the crude oil are separated into various petroleum products. According to a governmental forecast, U.S. refineries will produce a total of approximately 23.53 quadrillion Btu of crude oil by 2040. Crude oil is often used to fabricate liquid-fuel products like gasoline, diesel fuel, and heating oil, among its many uses.
The use of many fossil fuel sources such as coal, natural gas and oil/petroleum are still necessary to help meet the energy and electricity demands of many countries. The energy demand in the U.S. is largely covered by fossil fuels, although, the capacity of renewables has increased in the last decade. About 87% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuels and nuclear resources. However, the overconsumption of fossil fuels can lead to serious environmental issues such as air pollution.
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|Domestic Consumption of fossil fuels||Values||Statistic|
|U.S. fossil fuel energy consumption||79.41qn Btu||Details →|
|Natural gas consumption in the U.S.||27.47tn ft³||Details →|
|Estimated petroleum consumption in the U.S.||19,394k bbl/d||Details →|
|U.S. coal consumption (of oil equivalent)||396.3m t||Details →|
|The U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry||Values||Statistic|
|Top U.S. oil and gas company based on market value||ExxonMobil||Details →|
|Top coal producer in the U.S., by production||Peabody Energy Corp.||Details →|
|Exxon Mobil's revenue||$259,488m||Details →|
|Chesapeake Energy's revenue||$12.76bn||Details →|
|Peabody Energy's revenue||$5,609.2m||Details →|
|Real value of U.S. fossil fuel exports||$113,08bn||Details →|
|Total U.S. petroleum imports||9,401k/d||Details →|
|U.S. natural gas imports||2,718bn ft³||Details →|
|U.S. coal exports||73.96m ST||Details →|
- Real value of U.S. fossil fuel imports 1960-2011Real value of U.S. fossil fuel imports 1960-2011
Real value of U.S. fossil fuel imports from 1960 to 2011 (in billion U.S. dollars)*
- Fossil fuel energy primary consumption - United States by sector 1990-2015+Fossil fuel energy primary consumption - United States by sector 1990-2015
Fossil fuel energy primary consumption in the U.S. from 1990 to 2015, by sector (in trillion British thermal units)*
- ExxonMobil's revenue 2001-2015ExxonMobil's revenue 2001-2015
ExxonMobil's revenue from 2001 to 2015 (in million U.S. dollars)
- Number of oil and gas rigs by world region February 2016Number of oil and gas rigs by world region February 2016
- Royal Dutch Shell's revenue 2005-2016Royal Dutch Shell's revenue 2005-2016
- Royal Dutch Shell's revenue 2009-2016 by regionRoyal Dutch Shell's revenue 2009-2016 by region
- Royal Dutch Shell's number of employees 2009-2016Royal Dutch Shell's number of employees 2009-2016
- U.S. retail prices of diesel fuel monthly 2016-2017U.S. retail prices of diesel fuel monthly 2016-2017