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World's top 10 consumers of oil

July 24, 2008

Oil, or black gold, is the single most important commodity in the world today.

Scientists say that the world's oil reserves could run dry over the next 30 to 50 years, crippling the world's economy. Which means that new oil reserves will have to be found, or alternative sources of energy will have to be developed, or the consumption of oil will have to drastically reduced.

The globe uses up almost 82 million barrels of oil every day, or 30 billion barrels per year, and the consumption is constantly growing by the day, with economies like India and China growing at breakneck speed.

So which are the world's largest users of petroleum? Read on to find out the top 10 consumers of oil. . .


Image: A worker rides a fork lift among drums of lubricants in Jakarta. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images

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