U.S. Military Uses More Oil per Day than the Entire Nation of Pakistan

Saturday, October 30, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense consumes more oil per day than 170 nations, including Pakistan, a country with 166 million people. Although the amount of fuel consumed by the military is not published, the quantity is estimated to be between 400,000 and 800,000 barrels a day.
Keeping America’s war machine moving has become increasingly expensive as the price of oil has gone up. A single barrel costs $80, but added to that is the cost of transporting the fuel to U.S. troops in such places as Afghanistan and Iraq. This means that maintaining a single soldier in a war zone can end up costing hundreds of dollars more a day. This rising cost explains why the armed services are investing in alternative energy and fuel sources, including the use of biofuels for ships and planes.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
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War Without Oil: A Catalyst For True Transformation (by Michael Hornitschek, Center for Strategy and Technology) (pdf)


Tom 9 years ago
not giving out my email - but the US MILITARY uses only 360,000 barrels a day - the entire US uses 18.8 million barrels a day - who the heck cares waht thes 3rd world nations use - they dont need to use it - now if we want to become a 3rd world nation we can stop using oil
DailyPUMA 11 years ago
So the military is using approximately 25,000 barrels per hour. Or, almost 500 barrels per minute. Around 8 barrels every second of every day.

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