Monthly Oil Imports

  • Barrels of Oil Imported by the U.S.
  • 255 Millionin February 2014
  • % Imported from Foreign Countries
  • 49%in February 2014
  • Money Sent Overseas
  • $27.8 Billionin February 2014
The purpose of this data is to track America's efforts to reduce foreign oil dependency by analyzing progress — or lack thereof — on a month-to-month basis.

Oil Import News

  • January 16th, 2014
  • America’s 2013 Energy Report Card
  • Some good news!
    This week the Energy Information Administration released final oil import numbers for 2013. Thanks to advances in domestic production and greater efficiency, Americans managed to decrease total oil imports by 360 million barrels to 3.5 billion barrels in 2013, down from a total of 3.9 billion barrels in 2012.
    Guess what that means? We spent [...]

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  • December 19th, 2013
  • We’re Getting There!
  • For the first time since the launch of the Pickens Plan in July 2008, oil imports accounted for less than 50 percent of the total U.S. monthly supply. Figures released this week indicate that only 47 percent of the oil used in the U.S. in November came from overseas.
    Unfortunately, those 281 million barrels of imported [...]

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  • November 18th, 2013
  • October’s Energy Report Card
  • When it comes to America’s Energy Report Card, October was a mixed bag.
    The big news is that the United States produced more of its own oil here at home than we imported from other countries. That’s not good news. That’s great news. The last time this occurred was during Bill Clinton’s first term in office [...]

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  • October 24th, 2013
  • U.S. Imports Almost 300 Million Barrels of Oil in September
  • America’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil continues to drain billions of dollars from our economy. All told, Americans spent a whopping $763,390.50 per minute last month to buy 296 million barrels of imported oil. The total price tag for imported oil in September? $33 billion dollars.
    Despite the impressive gains in domestic oil and gas production, the [...]

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  • September 16th, 2013
  • Middle East Tensions Cost Americans Billions
  • The U.S. is paying a steep price for its dangerous addiction to imported oil.
    Syria’s bloody civil war and unrest in Egypt are two of the many factors that have driven the price of oil above $110 per barrel for the first time in six months. Despite the fact that domestic oil production is on the [...]

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  • September 3rd, 2013
  • Imported Oil Costs U.S. $33 Billion in July
  • As the price of oil climbs settles in above $100 a barrel, Americans continues to ship billions of dollars overseas to OPEC as we feed our dangerous addiction to foreign oil. Last month’s tally of $33 billion for imported oil works out to more than $700,000 per minute throughout the entire month of July.
    An important [...]

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  • March 13th, 2013
  • February Oil Import Numbers Tell Harsh Truth
  • Despite the fact that America’s domestic energy production has surged, the U.S. continues to send billions of dollars overseas to pay for imported oil. In February, we imported a whopping 267 million barrels.
    The price tag for this dangerous dependency was more the $30 billion. That’s $30 billion in cold hard cash that was taken out [...]

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  • January 18th, 2013
  • Americans Spend $434 Billion On Imported Oil in 2012
  • America’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil sucked almost half a trillion dollars out of the U.S. economy and shipped it overseas. The recipients? Primarily state-owned oil companies.
    Worth noting is the fact that the $434 billion that Americans spent on foreign oil last year equals the total amount of unemployment benefits paid to ALL Americans during [...]

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  • December 19th, 2012
  • Americans Paid $32 Billion for Imported Oil in November
  • Our country’s dangerous addiction to imported oil led to almost $33 billion exiting the American economy and ending up in the coffers of other countries. Instead of helping to create jobs here at home, those expenditures helped to build the G.D.P. of other countries.
    Nationwide imports in November resulted in a total import figure of 301 [...]

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  • September 14th, 2012
  • U.S. Spent Another $37 Billion on Foreign Oil in August
  • The U.S. spent $37.8 billion importing 333 million barrels of oil in August according to reports from the U.S. Department of Energy. That represents about 56 percent of all the oil used in August.
    Our imports are averaging 329 million barrels a month which is a 3.6 percent drop from a year ago. Analysts [...]

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  • June 18th, 2012
  • Oil Imports Continue High in May
  • America’s dependence on OPEC oil continued in May even as the global price of oil fell. According to the Energy Information Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. imported 335 million barrels of oil which accounted for 58 percent of the oil we used.
    At an average cost of $110.34 per barrel we [...]

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  • May 17th, 2012
  • April Oil Import Numbers Show Continued Dependency
  • The Energy Information Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy has released the oil import numbers for April 2012 and our addiction to OPEC oil has not abated.
    According to the EIA, we imported 316 million barrels of oil in the month at a total cost of $37.8 Billion. That represented 56 percent of our total [...]

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  • April 11th, 2012
  • Oil Imports cost Americans $41.6 Billion in March
  • The Energy Information Agency has reported that in March the United States imported 332 million barrels of oil at a cost of $41.6 billion or nearly a million dollars per minute.
    Since President Obama called for an “all of the above” energy policy in his State of the Union address in January, we have imported 827 [...]

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  • January 17th, 2012
  • U.S. Spent Nearly Half-Trillion Dollars on Foreign Oil in 2011
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imported 60 percent of its oil, or 345 million barrels in December 2011, sending approximately $37.2 billion, or $833,058.54 per minute, to [...]

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  • December 8th, 2011
  • U.S. Spent $36.7 Billion on Foreign Oil in November
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imported 59 percent of its oil, or 332 million barrels in November 2011, sending approximately $36.7 billion, or $851,221.30 per minute, to [...]

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  • November 9th, 2011
  • October Oil Imports: 333 Million Barrels; $36.4 Billion
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that the U.S. imported 57 percent of its oil, or 333 million barrels in October 2011, sending approximately $36.4 billion, or $816,086.64 per minute, to foreign countries, including OPEC nations that ultimately threaten U.S. national [...]

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  • September 8th, 2011
  • U.S. Spent $37.9 Billion on Foreign Oil in August
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imported 57 percent of its oil, or 344 million barrels in August 2011, sending approximately $37.9 billion, or $849,092.02 per minute, to [...]

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  • August 11th, 2011
  • U.S. Spent $42.0 Billion on Foreign Oil in July
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imported 60 percent of its oil, or 359 million barrels in July 2011, sending approximately $42.0 billion, or $941,080.51 per minute, to [...]

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  • July 24th, 2011
  • U.S. Spent $39 Billion on Foreign Oil in June
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Federal Reserve Economic Database, the U.S. imported 60 percent of its oil, or 343 million barrels in June 2011, sending approximately $39.0 billion, or $902,877.43 per minute, [...]

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  • June 8th, 2011
  • U.S. Spent $41.7 Billion on Foreign Oil in Month of May
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Federal Reserve Economic Database, the U.S. imported 62 percent of its oil, or 362 million barrels in May 2011, sending approximately $41.7 billion, or $934,357.63 per minute, [...]

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  • May 11th, 2011
  • Oil imports skyrocket to new levels
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Federal Reserve Economic Database, the U.S. imported 61 percent of its oil in April 2011. That represented more than a million barrels a day, 344 million [...]

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  • March 11th, 2011
  • February 2011 Oil Imports Released
  • U.S. Spent $31.3 Billion on Foreign Oil in Month of February
    Pickens Urges Lawmakers to Implement Permanent Energy Plan
    Rather than Tap U.S. Oil Reserves
    Dallas - March 11, 2011 - In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from [...]

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  • February 11th, 2011
  • In January we spent the most we’ve spent on oil imports since 2008
  • Army!
    I spent the better part of this week in Washington, DC meeting with leaders of both parties in both the House and the Senate. I was very encouraged by the level of understanding of the Pickens Plan and the continued support from many. It was a great trip. Check out my video message here: http://www.pickensplan.com/boonecam/2011/02/11/in-january-we-spent-the-most-weve-spent-on-oil-imports-since-2008/
    As [...]

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  • December 9th, 2010
  • Boone: U.S. Still Paying for Both Sides of the War
  • U.S. Spent $28 Billion on Foreign Oil in Month of November
    Dallas - December 9, 2010- In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the Federal Reserve Economic Database, the U.S. imported 57 percent of its oil, [...]

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  • August 16th, 2010
  • Oil Imports Up: Highest in 18 Months
  • T. Boone Pickens has released his monthly report on oil imports and the news isn’t good. According to the U.S. Department of Energy the U.S. imported 388 million barrels of oil in July. According to the Pickens Plan release:
    “The U.S. imported 65 percent of its oil, or 388 million barrels in July 2010, [...]

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  • July 15th, 2010
  • Oil Imports Remain High in June
  • T. Boone Pickens has announced that the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that the U.S. imported 62 percent of its oil, or 362 million barrels in June 2010, sending approximately $27.3 billion, or $631,255 per minute, to foreign countries.
    In addition to our two largest oil trading partners [...]

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  • June 15th, 2010
  • May Oil Numbers: Imports Continue to Climb
  • The amount of oil America is importing has continued to climb, even before the effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have been felt. According to the monthly report issued by T. Boone Pickens from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, the U.S. imported 61 percent of the [...]

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  • May 17th, 2010
  • U.S. Spent Over $30 Billion for Foreign Oil in April
  • In his monthly update on the level of foreign oil imports in the U.S., energy expert T. Boone Pickens said that based on the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. imported 65 percent of its oil, or 369 million barrels in April 2010, sending approximately $31 billion, [...]

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  • April 14th, 2010
  • Boone Pickens Testifies at Ways & Means
  • Click here to read T. Boone Pickens’ full testimony from today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.
    Washington, DC - April 14, 2010 - T. Boone Pickens, energy expert and creator of the Pickens Plan to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee [...]

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  • March 17th, 2010
  • February oil import numbers are in and …
  • Army,
    The oil import numbers for February have been released and, as usual, the news hasn’t changed much.
    We’re still importing nearly 60% of the oil we use and we’re still using about 70% of that for gasoline to drive our cars, light trucks, and SUVs, and diesel for heavy-duty trucks like 18-wheelers and refuse/recycling trucks.
    In February, [...]

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  • February 23rd, 2010
  • New Data, More Natural Gas
  • A new report released by J.P. Morgan has set the global energy planners scurrying to re-do their spreadsheets. In an essay posted at HuffingtonPost.com T. Boone Pickens points out that the J.P. Morgan report says
    North America doesn’t have 2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in place. It has 8,000 trillion cubic feet. That’s [...]

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  • December 14th, 2009
  • November Oil Imports - No Relief in Sight
  • T. Boone Pickens has issued his 12th monthly press release shining a spotlight on the amount of oil the United States continues to import. In a press release published Monday, December 14, “based on the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. imported 61% percent of its [...]

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  • November 9th, 2009
  • October Oil Numbers Released: Another $26.5 Billion Sent Overseas
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    U.S. Imported 350 Million Barrels of Oil in October
    Pickens Highlights Extensive Supply of Natural Gas in U.S.; Urges Congress to Pass the NAT GAS Act to Dramatically Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil
    Pickens says, “America is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. It’s time for us to use this precious resource [...]

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  • October 13th, 2009
  • U.S. Spent $25 Billion on Foreign Oil in September
  • The September Oil Import numbers have been released and the news is not good. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy we imported 357 million barrels of oil in September at a cost of $25 billion. We imported 63 percent of the oil we required in [...]

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  • August 13th, 2009
  • U.S. Showing No Signs of Reducing Dependence on Foreign Oil
  • Continues to Import 65% of Oil Supply
    Pickens Warns Western Leaders of Risks if Dependence Continues
    Denver, CO – August 13, 2009 – Speaking as a special guest at the Project New West Summit, energy expert T. Boone Pickens updated Western senators, governors and state leaders on the level of foreign oil imported by the United States [...]

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  • May 8th, 2009
  • 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 [...]

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  • March 5th, 2009
  • T. Boone Pickens Highlights February Foreign Oil Dependence Numbers
  • The Energy Debate Heats Up in Washington
    U.S. Sent $13 Billion Overseas and Imported 339 Million Barrels of Oil in February 2009
    Santa Barbara, CA – March 5, 2009 – Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s ECOnomics conference, today energy expert T. Boone Pickens provided his third consecutive monthly update on the level of United States’ imports [...]

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  • February 6th, 2009
  • January Oil Import Numbers
  • We hitched up the T-Boone Express and took it into Houston for our monthly announcement of how much oil we have imported.
    I got a briefing from Transtar’s Dinah Massey who is their public information officer.
    After that I did the press conference with State Rep. Beverly Woolley who has been very helpful to her constituents here [...]

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  • January 13th, 2009
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Boone Pickens at the Capitol – Part I
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr. joined T. Boone Pickens at a Town-Hall meeting in the U.S. Capitol for the staffs of U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.
    Over 100 staffers attended the session which was started by Mr. Kennedy explaining why the Pickens Plan is so crucial to cutting down on carbon-based pollution. He pointed to countries from [...]

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  • January 13th, 2009
  • Oil Imports: Month-by-Month
  • Army.
    Starting today, and every month from now on, I will do an event to show how many barrels of oil were imported in the previous month.
    The goal of the Pickens Plan is to get that number going down so that we are less and less dependent on foreign oil.
    Today we were in Washington, D.C. to [...]

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  • December 19th, 2008
  • Oil Import Map
  • Here’s an interesting website published by the Rocky Mountain Institute which allows you to track oil imports and dollar outflows over time - from 1973 to the summer of 2008.
    RMI includes some theories on how to cut our dependence on foreign oil including energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and using domestic natural gas instead of foreign [...]

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  • December 17th, 2008
  • OPEC Cuts Oil Production to Raise Prices
  • Hey, Army! Get this!
    If we ever needed a lesson in why we need to cut down on our dependence on foreign oil our “friends” over at OPEC gave it to us today. They have announced they are going to cut oil production by some 2.2 million barrels per day.
    They are doing that so that the [...]

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