The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energy IQ, Day 2: Where Does Our Energy Come From?

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 30, 2009

Oil and natural gas are found all over the world in varying amounts, and throughout history, about one trillion barrels of oil have been produced. While about one-third of our oil is produced domestically, where does our imported oil come from?

Consider this Energy IQ survey question:

In 2008, which of the following countries was the largest U.S. supplier of imported oil?

Test your Energy IQ to answer this question and others, and watch the video below to see how other people answered this question.


To the surprise of many, it turns out that our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, is the largest U.S. supplier of imported crude oil, but more than half of the survey respondents believed that Saudi Arabia was our largest supplier. In fact, only 12 percent of the oil consumed last year in the United States came from the Persian Gulf countries.

Canada is a reliable and plentiful strategic resource for meeting our nation's energy demand and making the United States more energy secure.

Check back tomorrow for another question to test your energy knowledge.


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.