Oil, Part II: How much of our oil comes from the Persian Gulf?

Almost half (48.3 percent) of all U.S. crude oil imports in 2009 were supplied by the twelve countries comprising the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

What percentage of total U.S. crude oil imports did the six Persian Gulf member of OPEC (Saudi Arabia, IRan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates) supply in 2009?

A. 41.4 percent
B. 33.5 percent
C. 27.3 percent
D. 18.4 percent

D. 18.4 percent

In 2009, the six Persian Gulf members of OPEC accounted for the following percentages of U.S. imported crude oil:

-10.9%, Saudi Arabia
-5.0%, Iraq
-2.0%, Kuwait
-0.1%, Qatar
-0.4%, UEA

The other six OPEC countries (Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Libya, Nigeria, and Venezuela) supplied 29.9% of all U.S. imported crude oil in 2009.

More information about oil production, consumption, exports and imports is available through the DOE Energy Information Administration at:

For step-by-step instructions, click here: Oil, Part 2

For questions, contact Bill Pinkovitz.