Oil, Part IV: Does the Persian Gulf supply the bulk of the U.S.’s oil?

The six OPEC countries in the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabic, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates) supplied 18.4 percent of all U.S. crude oil imports in 2009. Which of the following supplied the U.S. with more crude oil than the six Persian Gulf OPEC countries in 2009?

A. Canada
B. South America
C. Africa
D. North America, South America, and Central America
E. All of the above

D. E. All of the above. Each supplied the following percentage of US oil imports in 2009:
– 21.5 %, Canada
– 19.5%, South America
– 21.1%, Africa

Over half (55%) of all U.S. imported crude oil in 2009 originated in North America, South America, or Central America.

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:Does our oil come from the Persian Gulf? March 24, 2011

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