How Much Oil Do We Consume? This Waterfall Tells Us
Apr 27, 2010 13:09
This is India's Jog Falls. And its a 40,000 gallons per second water flowing down. Harry at Harryhammer's blog decided to put into comparison the world's oil consumption in visual terms.
According to David O'Reilly the CEO of CHEVRON, the world currently consumes oil at a rate of about 40,000 US gallons per second. He says, "the scale of the energy system is enormous."
So, I did some math.
1 barrel of oil = 42 US gallons
1 cubic meter = 264.172052 US gallons
According to the 2008 World Fact-book, the world currently consumes about 85,270,000 barrels of oil per day.
85,270,000 barrels per day x 42 US gallons per barrel = 3,581,340,000 US gallons per day = 149,222,500 US gallons per hour = 2,487,042 US gallons per minute = 41,451 US gallons per second.
Oil prices are at an all time low, but that's not going to stay like that forever. One day, we'll run out of oil, and we're going to be in trouble. Which is why this machine could be something we desperately need. It makes oil by combining hydrogen and CO2. Read more