U.S. Gasoline Consumption Jumps Three Percent in First Six Months of 2016
"It is the highest amount on record and the sixth consecutive increase in national gasoline consumption for the first six months of any year on record.," reports Doug Hecox, spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration, on Oct. 28.
Credit: Federal Highway Administration
As the above map shows, the area with the greatest increase, at 4.1 percent, was the South Gulf. The states with the largest increases were the most populous states, respectively:
- California at 7.65 billion gallons
- Texas at 7.1 billion gallons
- Florida at 4.57 billion gallons.
Oklahoma led the nation with the greatest percentage increase of 8.2 percent, followed closely by "Delaware and Utah with 7.9 percent and 7.2 percent increases, respectively," notes Hecox.
North Dakota’s fuel consumption decreased by 5.9 percent, the largest decrease among the states in that period.
The data is also indicative of the level of resource consumption and pollution emissions by the transportation sector which, in recent reviews, has been the leading source of greenhouse gasses among all sectors in the United States.
For precise data, see FHWA's Motor Fuel & Highway Trust Fund.
- Wall Street Journal, Americans Drive to a New Record in Gasoline Consumption, Sep 7, 2016
- NPR: U.S. Gasoline Use Hits A Record, But That May Not Last, September 2, 2016
Also in Planetizen:
- Americans Continue to Drive More, Reports Federal Highway Administration, August 24, 2016
- Transportation Catching Industry as the Leading Cause of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, July 22, 2016
- A New Era in the U.S.: More Carbon Emissions from Transportation Than Utilities, June 14, 2016
Hat tip to AASHTO Daily Transportation Update