Energy Department: World oil use hit new high in 2012

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“The world's consumption of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heating oil, and other petroleum products reached a record high of 88.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2012, as declining consumption in North America and Europe was more than outpaced by growth in Asia and other regions,” DOE’s Energy Information Administration said in a brief report.


They even have a nifty animated graphic that charts global petroleum demand by region over the last three decades.