Chart of the Day: US Fuel Consumption 1999-2018

Via the Federal Highway Administration Twitter account, today’s chart shows US fuel consumption continues to increase year over year. This represents the seventh straight year of increase.

Fuel Consumption

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6 Responses to Chart of the Day: US Fuel Consumption 1999-2018

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke January 23, 2020 at 12:11 pm #


  2. Elizabeth Larey January 23, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    Trucks and SUV’s just keep getting bigger.

    • Liam Glover January 29, 2020 at 11:26 am #

      I think the true reason is just “more vehicles”. Not focusing on this is a misstep in my mind. We need to stop incentivizing vehicle sales/production. Shift the production capacity to trains/alternative transport methods.

      Also, although Trucks and SUVs keep getting bigger, these Trucks, SUVs and Cars are much more efficient than in the past. Comparing a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina with a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox FWD shows that the 2018 car consumes over 1 gallon less of fuel per 100 miles. In general, the total motor vehicle fleet is more efficient than it was 20 years ago.

      The yearly registration cost for my 2001 Subaru should probably not be 10% of my wife’s 2014 Ford that uses 1.7 gallons less of fuel per 100 miles. Right now, the economics favor me driving the Subaru to the ground instead of taking Public Transit for my trips.

  3. Ian R Buck January 24, 2020 at 7:43 am #

    Apparently only a global recession can save us. We need to embrace degrowth.

    • Julie Kosbab January 24, 2020 at 10:54 am #

      Climate adaptation demands it.

      Maybe everyone being able to eat bananas in January isn’t the right thing.

  4. Nicole Salica
    Nicole Salica January 24, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    and we still haven’t gotten the gas tax passed. oof

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