Source: BTS, National Transportation Statistics.
Demand for Refined Petroleum Products by Sector in the United States,
1960-2014 (in Quadrillion BTUs)
Over the decades, transportation accounted a growing share of
the consumption of oil in the United States, while the amount of oil
consumed by the industrial sector remained the same. By 2014,
transportation accounted for 71.2% of petroleum consumption,
while this share was 64.5% in 1990. Residential, commercial
and electric utilities use of petroleum declined. This underlines
that the convenience of petroleum for transportation remains
primordial and that other sectors have been able to switch to
other sources of energy, mainly electricity, for their energy
use. Domestic petroleum consumption appears to have peaked.