The US Energy Information Administration provides information on the
world?s oil consumption, but as they note,
?Measuring oil consumption presents a dilemma for public and private
analysts. The size and complexity of the market and the number of
consumers and suppliers make data collection a daunting task.?
Having said that, they do provide estimates on the world?s daily oil
consumption. This spreadsheets shows that between 2002 and 2006 the
daily consumption was between 78 and 85 million barrels a day.
Now for the calculations. I have taken the top figure of 85 million barrels.
1 barrel is equal to 42 U.S. gallons, or approximately 159 litres.
2,500,000 litres are required to fill an Olympic swimming pool.
159 x 85 000 000 = 13 515 000 000
13 515 000 000 / 2 500 000 = 5 406
Therefore, the total oil consumption for the world, per day, can be
fitted in 5,406 Olympic swimming pools.
Another way of looking at it is consumption per head.
?For instance, oil consumption in the United States and Canada equals
almost 3 gallons per day per capita. (The difference is these
countries' transportation sectors, with their dependence on private
vehicles to travel relatively long distances.) Oil consumption in the
rest of the OECD equals 1.4 gallons per day per capita. Outside of the
OECD, oil consumption equals 0.2 gallons per day per capita.?
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