U.S. Continues to Import Nearly 70% of Foreign Oil
T. Boone Pickens: April U.S. Foreign Oil Dependence Figures Highest Yet in 2009
U.S. Sent $18.6 Billion Overseas and Imported 375 Million Barrels of Oil in April 2009
Chatham, Louisiana – May 8, 2009 – Speaking at the unveiling of a newly constructed EXCO compressed natural gas vehicle fueling facility, today energy expert T. Boone Pickens provided his fifth consecutive monthly update on the level of United States’ imports of foreign oil.
Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. imported 68 percent of its oil, or 375 million barrels in April 2009, sending approximately $18.6 billion, or $430,524 per minute, overseas to foreign governments.
“Last month, oil imports grew to 68 percent. That’s the highest percentage in 2009—so far—and if we don’t move towards a workable energy plan, it will only get worse,” said Pickens. “With our own economy struggling, we can’t continue to send billions of dollars a month overseas to other countries, many of which are not our friends. In April, we spent $18.6 billion on foreign oil. This money could be used in Louisiana to fund education, new roads and housing—endless possibilities. We need to keep this money at home and invest in our infrastructure and our future rather than fill the treasuries of oil rich nations and continue to fund both sides of the war on terror.”
In March, the U.S. imported 65 percent of its oil, up from 62 percent in February. In total, the U.S. spent approximately $475 billion on imported oil in 2008.
Pickens continued, “President Obama made a commitment to cut our dependence on foreign oil. I believe we’ve got to use our own domestic resources to address this problem. Louisiana sits on an abundance of natural gas—so much that we don’t even know how to use it all. It’s the only American resource available that can immediately replace foreign oil at the pump. There is some progress being made. Last month, the NAT GAS Act (H.R. 1835) was introduced in the House, and it will help companies that are committed to reducing foreign oil dependency by providing incentives to run fleets and heavy duty trucks on natural gas. Oil imports continue to remain at unhealthy and dangerous levels – there’s no time to waste in passing true energy reform.”