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America doesn’t import its oil from where you think it does

America doesn’t import its oil from where you think it does

When you think of American oil imports, you probably think of an empty expanse of desert with a few towering oil derricks sprinkled around. Heat shimmering off the sand. Trucks haul the fuel to tankers, which make their way from the Persian Gulf to some port on the Gulf of Mexico. That image is wrong. What you should be picturing is a Mountie guarding a well ringed with maple trees. Here, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is where the U.S. imported oil from in October 2012 , the last month for which data is available. What’s most interesting, though, is how the source of oil differs depending on the region of the country you live in. Last week, Business Insider shared this map created by RBC Capital Market. Business Insider Click to embiggen. While oil moves between regions, it’s fascinating to consider that the Midwest and Mountain West import only ...

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