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 in 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.