A few nights ago Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News answered a question about whether the oil disaster would increase the price of oil. He answered that it wouldn’t as the spill was such a small amount of oil relative to actual usage. He said all the oil that has spilled so far is just what this country uses in ONE HOUR! I was shocked at that stat and checked it out myself and it turns out to be a pretty good estimate. Wow!
We use 22 million barrels a day.
That gives me an entirely different metric to understand just how much oil we use every day.