Rising Tide of U.S. Oil Imports Sparks Debate on Energy Security

Patrick CrowEnergy Politics Editor U.S. Net Oil Imports as a Share of Oil Consumption [22276 bytes] U.S. Crude Imports During March 1996 [17325 bytes] Oil Disruptions, 1951-90 [41450 bytes] Imports of crude oil and petroleum products into the U.S. are high and headed higher. Imports last month were about 10.5 million b/d, the largest volume since the mid-1970s. Imports have continued to climb steadily in recent years to a level of more than 50% of the national consumption of 17.5 million b/d. That trend worries many in industry and government who are concerned about its effect on national security. The Clinton administration has formally declared that rising imports thre...

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