17 Aug '12, 10pm

US Oil Imports from Saudi Arabia Spike 20% This Year

US Oil Imports from Saudi Arabia Spike 20% This Year

Americans tend to overestimate the amount of oil that we import from the Middle East. Most believe that's where most of our oil comes from, which is far from the truth. In reality, we get less than 20% from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the rest of the Persian Gulf combined. Our top oil provider is Canada, in fact, and Mexico comes in third. EIA/via But we still do rely rather heavily on Saudi Arabia's output, which is why this is front-page news: U.S. Reliance on Oil From Saudi Arabia Is Growing Again . Imports have apparently spiked 20% this year, due largely to the sanctions on Iran. Here's the NY Times : The United States tightened sanctions that hampered Iran’s ability to sell crude, the lifeline of its troubled economy, and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase production to help guarantee that the price did not skyrocket. While prices have remained relatively stable, and Tehran...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/fossil-fuels/us-oil-imports-sau...

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