Pronk Pops Show 26, May 3, 2011: Segment 2: President Obama Is The Reason Your Gasoline Prices Are Going Up!–American People Favor Drilling For Oil and Gas!–Drill Baby Drill–Videos

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_of_petroleum

High fuel prices worry struggling Americans. Burberry.

Obama Weekly Address: Gas Prices

END FED: Oil Prices Rise Due To

1) Oil Companies Can’t Drill

2) Fed Money Printing

3) Wars & Instability

Fraud, Manipulation Driving up Oil Prices

Renewable Energy Subsidies+High Consumer Costs=?

Government Energy Subsidies

Obama Is Playing The Blame Game For Price Of Gas At the Pump

TheBigPictureRT: The Real reason why Gas Prices are going up

Mar. 10 – MSNBC Greenberger – Gas Speculation

Banksters & Speculation Behind High Food-Oil Prices

Chairman Doc Hastings talks rising gasoline prices on Your World with Neil Cavuto

Trying to bring down gas prices

Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ — Goldman Sachs Obama’s #1 Private Contributor

Soaring Gas Prices Tank Obama’s Approval Rating

Oil speculation and oil prices

Survey Says – Speculators Dominate Interest in Oil Futures – Bloomberg

CFTC Proposes Limits for Energy Speculators

Gas Prices Continue to Climb

Obama Wants Gas Prices to Hit European Levels

Energy Problems are Obama Delivering on Campaign Promise

EPA Blocks Oil Drilling in Alaska – 4/25/2011

Obama New Task Force Will Examine Gas Prices

Gensler Says CFTC Needs More Staff to Implement Rules

Irresponsible Media Coverage of Oil & Gas Prices, Alyona Minkovski Interviewed

Bernard Whitman on Fox News Applauds Obama’s Decision to Investigate Oil Price Gouging, 4.22.11

Courtney calls for CFTC action to reduce high gas prices

TheAlyonashow: Big Oil Cashes in on Rising Gas Prices

Oil Speculator Gaming Palace

Playing the oil prices money game

Courtney calls on CFTC to issue rules limiting the role of oil speculators

Michael Greenberger Talks Speculation In Commodity Markets

Mike Masters on Regulating Commodities Speculation

Gas Prices Up Due to Wall Street Speculation, Not Supply & Demand

Glenn Beck: The Federal Reserve Is Looting America… Oil Isn’t Rising, The Dollar Is Dropping

Conspiracy Theorist Steve Forbes on high gas prices w/o Federal Reserve “economy would do just fine”

END FED Inflation Created By Gov Buying Bonds; QE2 ‘Wealth Effect’; Companies Game System; QE3

Peter Schiff on CNBC Fast Money 4/25/11: Unstoppable Silver

Peter Schiff On Silver and Inflation Lock In Your Food At Today’s Price Try It For Free Below!

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation: “69 percent of Americans favor increased offshore drilling”

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was released, further underscoring the fact that an overwhelmingly clear majority of Americans support the responsible development of homegrown oil and natural gas offshore. According to the poll, “69 percent of Americans favor increased offshore drilling.” According to CNN’s polling director, Keating Holland, “Although support for increased drilling in U.S. waters is highest among Republicans, a majority of Democrats also favor it.”

Barry Russell, president and CEO of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), issued this statement regarding these findings:

“America’s independent oil and natural gas producers play a leading role in responsibly producing the homegrown energy resources critical to meet the nation’s growing demands. In fact, according to a recent report, independents drill 95 percent of America’s onshore and offshore wells. Equally clear, as confirmed by this new survey, is the American people’s support for the responsible development of job-creating offshore energy exploration and production.

“Our economy is struggling, and many remain out of work along the Gulf Coast as a result of misguided Washington policies that continue to discourage access to reliable oil and natural gas supplies offshore. And with gas prices on the rise, hampering our economic recovering and stretching family budgets to the brink, the Obama Administration and leaders in Congress must act boldly and swiftly to streamline access to taxpayer-owned oil and natural gas resources offshore. Shirking this critical responsibly will only further weaken our nation’s energy security. The American people have spoken clearly. Inaction is not an option.”

http://www.ipaa.org/news/press_releases/2011/2011-04-19_139.php

Obama Wants US to Help Brazil Develop Oil Reserves

Obama’s $2B Payback to Soros: Drill in Brazil

Glenn Beck: Is Obama a George Soros Puppet?

Glenn Beck-Soros Petrobras & Obama giving 2 billion to him

Vitter Criticizes Obama’s Support for Brazil Oil Exploration

Gulf Oil Industry in Recovery

Year After Oil Spill, Obama Energy Policy Endangers Economy

Vitter Fights Moratorium as Gulf Coast Economy Struggles to Recover from Drilling Shutdown (WWL-TV)

Federal Judge Martin Feldman Rules Against Obama Oil Drilling Ban !!!

Myron Ebell on the Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar seeks to reimpose drilling moratorium

Pence Discusses Need to End Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Drilling Moratorium May Imperil Louisiana’s Oil Industry

Obama Lifts Ban on Offshore Drilling

Obama Lift’s Moratorium on Offshore Drilling Part 1 – 4-01-2010 Democracy NOW!

Obama Lift’s Moratorium on Offshore Drilling Part 2 – 4-01-2010 Democracy NOW!

Obama Says NO Drilling In ANWR As It Could Be A Problem

Gov. Palin on Drilling in the ANWR

Shell Arctic Exploration Program: The Next Chapter in Alaska’s Oil and Gas History

Oil Supply and Demand and the Next Oil Price Spike – PeakOilProof.com

Background Articles and Videos

“Fuel for Thought: High Gas Prices and How They Got That Way”

Introduction to Commodity Futures Trading: Hedgers & Speculators
Introduction to Commodity Futures: Our Natural Instincts as Traders
183. Intro to Futrues Trading 4: Futures Contract Details

  

Commodity futures margin accounts

Blame High Oil Prices on Speculators and Bernanke

Ed Wallace

“…Goldman Outs the Speculators

Meanwhile, the media continue to say that gasoline prices are directly tied to oil pricing, which isn’t quite true. Oil and gasoline are sold to different sets of buyers. One needs to buy crude for refining and the other sells gasoline at retail; these are legitimate hedgers. Then there are speculators, who jump into the market in search of profits on all fuels. To prove once again that no one in the investment banking business actually knows anything about oil, Goldman Sachs (GS) advised its clients on Apr. 11 to get rid of their commodities holdings, including oil. The Guardian quoted Goldman’s advice as warning: “The record levels of speculative trading in crude have pushed their prices up so much in recent months that in the near term, risk reward no longer favors holding those commodities.”

“Record levels of speculative trading in crude” have pushed up oil prices? Funny, all we’ve been hearing is that today’s oil prices are justified because of abnormally large demand, owing to the world’s improving economy. …”

“…Now let’s look at the big picture to see why gasoline prices are so incredibly high. Remember that our refinery utilization a week ago was only 81.4 percent. In the same week in 2005 it sat at 93.7 percent, with 212.2 million barrels of gasoline on hand. Even at that exceptionally high refining rate, we were down by almost a million barrels three weeks later. By contrast, we have dropped our inventories of gasoline from 223.2 million barrels to 209.7 million barrels since the first of the year and we still have only slightly less gasoline on hand than we had at the same time in 2005, amid blistering economic growth. Our refineries then were running at nearly 10 percent greater utilization.

The Fed’s Cheap Liquidity Flood

The problem starts with Ben Bernanke, no matter how many of his Fed presidents claim they are not to blame for the high price of oil. The fact is that when you flood the market with far too much liquidity at virtually no interest, funny things happen in commodities and equities. It was true in the 1920s, it was true in the last decade, and it’s still true today.

When Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve, spoke in Germany late in March, Reuters quoted him as saying: “We are seeing speculative activity that may be exacerbating price rises in commodities such as oil.” Fisher added that he was seeing the signs of the same speculative trading that had fueled the first financial meltdown.

Here Fisher is in good company. Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig, who has been a vocal critic of the current Fed policy of zero interest and high liquidity, has suggested that markets don’t function correctly under those circumstances. And David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s former budget director, recently wrote a scathing article for MarketWatch, “Federal Reserve’s Path of Destruction,” in which he criticizes current Fed policy even more pointedly. Stockman wrote: “This destruction is namely the exploitation of middle-class savers; the current severe food and energy squeeze on lower income households … and the next round of bursting bubbles building up among the risk asset classes.”

Let’s not kid ourselves. Oil in today’s world is worth far more than the $25 a barrel it sold for over a decade ago. But the ability of markets to function properly, based on real supply and demand equations, has been destroyed by allowing ridiculous leverage and the unlimited ability to borrow the leverage at historically low interest rates. …”

http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/apr2011/pi20110419_786652_page_2.htm

Priming the Pump: How Wall Street Boosts Gas Prices

By Alain Sherter

“…Plenty of research shows that speculation by hedge funds and other investors raises the cost of gas. Said U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Bart Chilton in a speech last week that touched on how speculators drove up the price of oilin 2008:

While I am not saying that they were the cruise control on gas or oil prices, I do think they tapped the gas pedal and prices moved up. They were a part of the price rise. Similarly, when they did get out of the markets, as the economy was melting down, prices decreased.

Mohsin Khan of the Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates that three years ago, speculation pushed up oil prices by nearly $70 a barrel. Now that linkage between Wall Street and prices at the pump is more alarming than ever: Speculation on oil futures is at a record high. As Chilton said in another presentation, since June 2008 the number of energy contracts held by such investors has risen 64 percent.

This isn’t to say that speculation is inherently bad — it isn’t. It can add liquidity to markets. Short-sellers also sometimes provide an important counterpoint to the prevailing, and often irrational, bullish sentiment. But there is by now copious evidence to suggest that speculation really does boost oil and gas prices. As MIT researchers put it in examining the cause of the 2008 run-up:

The oil price is a speculative bubble…. Just ask a commuter, a trucker or an airline customer and many production and commercial firms. …”

http://www.bnet.com/blog/financial-business/priming-the-pump-how-wall-street-boosts-gas-prices/12055

Oil Speculation, Insider Trading, JPMorgan, AT&T: Compliance

By Ellen Rosen and Carla Main –

“…President Barack Obama said a Justice Department probe will examine the role of “traders and speculators” in oil markets and how they contribute to high gas prices.

“The attorney general’s putting together a team whose job it us to root out any cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets that might affect gas prices, and that includes the role of traders and speculators,” Obama said April 21 in Reno, Nevada. “We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of American consumers for their own short-term gain.”

The administration on April 21 created a working group to explore whether oil and gasoline prices are being driven higher by illegal manipulation.

The group, which includes representatives of federal agencies and state attorneys general, will check for fraud, collusion or misrepresentation at the retail and wholesale level, the Justice Department said in a statement last week. The group also will examine investor practices and the role of speculators and index traders in oil futures markets.

Obama faces political pressure over rising gasoline prices. Crude oil futures have increased 22 percent and gasoline surged 34 percent this year as Middle East unrest reduced supply and the global economic rebound bolstered fuel demand. Both futures contracts touched the highest levels this month since the records reached in 2008. …”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-25/oil-speculation-insider-trading-jpmorgan-at-t-compliance.html

Answers to Common Questions
  • What is a commodity?
    Commodities are raw materials purchased by manufacturers to make other products such as processed food, refined oil, jet fuel, automobiles and a host of consumer products and building materials.
  • What is the commodity futures market?
    It is a marketplace where traders or businesses can buy or sell commodities for future purchase or sale. Those deals to buy or sell commodities are called “contracts” and they set forth the amount of the commodity, a price and a future date for the purchase or sale. For example, businesses highly dependent on oil – refineries, heating oil dealers, airlines and trucking companies – can reduce their risk of significant price fluctuations by purchasing future delivery contracts at predetermined prices at a commodity futures market. The two largest U.S. commodity futures exchanges are the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).
  • What is the purpose of commodity futures markets?
    Commodity futures markets provide two critical functions for businesses such as airlines and trucking companies that use large amounts of commodities. First, these markets serve as a means for price discovery. Second, they help businesses control for price risk and price fluctuations.
  • Which federal agency regulates commodities trades?
    Congress created the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 1974 as an independent agency. The CFTC regulates commodity futures and options markets in the United States and has authority to craft and enforce the regulatory framework that governs the trading of all commodity futures, including energy products such as crude oil.
  • Who participates in these markets?
    There are effectively two categories of participants: financial players and physical players. Financial players include individuals, pension funds, university endowments, sovereign wealth funds and others. Physical players are those who produce or use the commodity being traded, such as airlines, trucking companies, etc.
  • What is a speculator?
    Financial players with no intention of using the physical commodity often are referred to as “speculators.” In other words, they do not have a business need to buy or sell the commodity; they simply want to trade futures contracts to make a profit. Speculators, for example, could buy large numbers of oil contracts and then sell them to each other again and again. In 2008, on average, nearly 12 times the volume of oil was traded on futures exchanges as was consumed globally. Without proper oversight, transparency and limits on futures positions, speculative trading unjustifiably can increase the price of energy or other commodities – with businesses and consumers picking up the final tab.
  • What is a hedger?
    Hedgers use the futures markets to manage risk by minimizing their exposure to significant price swings in commodities. This means that they usually buy or sell contracts at an amount related to the volume of what they will produce or what they will need to sell or purchase (to use in their business). Businesses such as airlines, trucking companies, oil companies and refineries are examples of these forms of hedgers.
  • What does trading “on paper” mean?
    “Paper trading” is when speculators buy contracts for oil or other commodities with no intention of ever using, producing or taking delivery of the commodity. Speculators buy and sell these paper contracts to each other again and again. A barrel of oil may trade 20 times or more before it is delivered and used. The prices may go up with each trade.
  • Has speculation contributed to unwarranted oil price increases?
    From the beginning to the end of 2008, the price of a barrel of crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) moved from $99.64 to $145.29 to $33.87. On the way up, it took just 103 days of trading for the price of crude to soar 67 percent (more than $58 per barrel) to its July 3 peak, followed immediately by a precipitous 77 percent decline (more than $111) in just 118 days of trading. It is difficult to explain that unprecedented price volatility by changes in supply and demand fundamentals. Fewer than six months after the December 2008 low of $33.87, oil prices settled north of $72 on June 11, despite adequate supplies and the sharpest year-over-year drop in global consumption in nearly 30 years.
  • Why has speculation increased in recent years?
    Institutional investors (corporate and government pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and university endowments) have poured billions of dollars into the commodities markets. These speculative trades have helped to drive up the price oil because the majority of new contracts are betting on increases, rather than decreases. In effect, this swell in “artificial demand” for oil is upsetting the balance between physical supply and demand and, once again, fueling a price “bubble.”
  • What is an index speculator?
    An index speculator is a financial player, such as a corporate or government pension fund, sovereign wealth fund, university endowments or other investor, that buys (invests in) the 25 commodities that compose the Standard & Poor’s-Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (S&P GSCI) and/or the Dow Jones-AIG Commodity Index (DJAIG). The value of the index depends on how well the commodities being “tracked” by the index perform in the futures markets.
  • Should institutional investors be prohibited (or limited) from investing in commodities futures?
    The effects of institutional investors have been so great that they have actually altered the price discovery dynamics of today’s futures markets. Index speculators buy without sensitivity for the supply and demand of individual commodities, which undermines the price discovery function of the markets. Active trading strategies should be allowed, but they need to be done in a transparent and limited way.
  • Why should the government intervene in free markets? Won’t the bubble just work itself out eventually?
    The markets will eventually work themselves out and this bubble will pop on its own accord, just like all other bubbles have in the past. Unfortunately, while we are waiting, the price of oil could easily double again. Businesses and consumers can’t afford to wait for that to happen. For decades, we have had speculative limits in the commodities markets to reduce manipulations and price bubbles. Simply reestablishing these limits will greatly help solve this problem without unintended consequences.
  • What are position limits?
    Currently, a handful of foreign exchanges, most notably the London Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), are trading energy contracts that are identical to those traded in the United States, but are not following U.S. regulations because they claim they are exempt from U.S. law. These exemptions should not exist because they are trading U.S. commodities using terminals based in the United States.
  • What are swaps trades?
    Swaps trades (also known as “over the counter” trades) are commodities transactions that take place between two separate parties outside of the traditional markets. Since they do not take place within regulated markets such as NYMEX, these often secret trades take place without regulatory oversight. We believe these trades should be transparent and under the same rules as traditional markets, so that no price manipulation takes place.
  • In addition to reducing speculation, what other actions does the Stop Oil Speculation Now Coalition support?
    We need to increase domestic supply, exploration, alternative energy sources and conservation to further reduce the price of oil. Unfortunately, these are all more long-term solutions. Working Americans and businesses need immediate relief.

http://www.stopoilspeculationnow.com/Pages/FAQs.aspx

http://www.stopoilspeculationnow.com/Pages/FAQs.aspx

‘Perhaps 60% of today’s oil price is pure speculation’

by F. William Engdahl

“…The price of crude oil today is not made according to any traditional relation of supply to demand. It’s controlled by an elaborate financial market system as well as by the four major Anglo-American oil companies. As much as 60% of today’s crude oil price is pure speculation driven by large trader banks and hedge funds. It has nothing to do with the convenient myths of Peak Oil. It has to do with control of oil and its price. How?

First, the crucial role of the international oil exchanges in London and New York is crucial to the game. Nymex in New York and the ICE Futures in London today control global benchmark oil prices which in turn set most of the freely traded oil cargo. They do so via oil futures contracts on two grades of crude oil—West Texas Intermediate and North Sea Brent.

A third rather new oil exchange, the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME), trading Dubai crude, is more or less a daughter of Nymex, with Nymex President, James Newsome, sitting on the board of DME and most key personnel British or American citizens.

Brent is used in spot and long-term contracts to value as much of crude oil produced in global oil markets each day. The Brent price is published by a private oil industry publication, Platt’s. Major oil producers including Russia and Nigeria use Brent as a benchmark for pricing the crude they produce. Brent is a key crude blend for the European market and, to some extent, for Asia.

WTI has historically been more of a US crude oil basket. Not only is it used as the basis for US-traded oil futures, but it’s also a key benchmark for US production….”

“…

As that US Senate report noted:

Until recently, US energy futures were traded exclusively on regulated exchanges within the United States, like the NYMEX, which are subject to extensive oversight by the CFTC, including ongoing monitoring to detect and prevent price manipulation or fraud. In recent years, however, there has been a tremendous growth in the trading of contracts that look and are structured just like futures contracts, but which are traded on unregulated OTC electronic markets. Because of their similarity to futures contracts they are often called “futures look-alikes.”

The only practical difference between futures look-alike contracts and futures contracts is that the look-alikes are traded in unregulated markets whereas futures are traded on regulated exchanges. The trading of energy commodities by large firms on OTC electronic exchanges was exempted from CFTC oversight by a provision inserted at the behest of Enron and other large energy traders into the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 in the waning hours of the 106th Congress.

The impact on market oversight has been substantial. NYMEX traders, for example, are required to keep records of all trades and report large trades to the CFTC. These Large Trader Reports, together with daily trading data providing price and volume information, are the CFTC’s primary tools to gauge the extent of speculation in the markets and to detect, prevent, and prosecute price manipulation. CFTC Chairman Reuben Jeffrey recently stated: “The Commission’s Large Trader information system is one of the cornerstones of our surveillance program and enables detection of concentrated and coordinated positions that might be used by one or more traders to attempt manipulation.”

In contrast to trades conducted on the NYMEX, traders on unregulated OTC electronic exchanges are not required to keep records or file Large Trader Reports with the CFTC, and these trades are exempt from routine CFTC oversight. In contrast to trades conducted on regulated futures exchanges, there is no limit on the number of contracts a speculator may hold on an unregulated OTC electronic exchange, no monitoring of trading by the exchange itself, and no reporting of the amount of outstanding contracts (“open interest”) at the end of each day.” 1

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?aid=8878&context=va

Paul Van Eeden schools CNBC panel on OIL,monetary policy,FED

Meet Author Matt Taibbi

Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews Matt Taibbi – Part 1

Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews Matt Taibbi – Part 2

Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews Matt Taibbi – Part 3

Matt Taibbi – Griftopia

Oil Price History and Analysis

http://www.wtrg.com/prices.htm

Obama doesn’t believe in offshore drilling

Barack Obama on Offshore Oil Drilling

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Crude Oil and Total Petroleum Imports Top 15 Countries

February 2011 Import Highlights:  Released April 28, 2011
Monthly data on the origins of crude oil imports in February 2011 has been released and it shows that two countries exported more than 1,000 thousand barrels per day to the United States (see table below). The top five exporting countries accounted for 77 percent of United States crude oil imports in February while the top ten sources accounted for approximately 92 percent of all U.S. crude oil imports. The top five sources of US crude oil imports for February were Canada (2,193 thousand barrels per day), Saudi Arabia (1,114 thousand barrels per day), Mexico (998 thousand barrels per day), Nigeria (948 thousand barrels per day), and Venezuela (878 thousand barrels per day). The rest of the top ten sources, in order, were Angola (357 thousand barrels per day), Iraq (263 thousand barrels per day), Ecuador (242 thousand barrels per day), Brazil (175 thousand barrels per day), and Colombia (175 thousand barrels per day). Total crude oil imports averaged 8,013 thousand barrels per day in February, which is a decrease of 1,056 thousand barrels per day from January 2011.

Canada remained the largest exporter of total petroleum in February, exporting 2,831 thousand barrels per day to the United States, which is an increase from last month (2,826 thousand barrels per day). The second largest exporter of total petroleum was Saudi Arabia with 1,114 thousand barrels per day.

Crude Oil Imports (Top 15 Countries)
(Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country Feb-11 Jan-11 YTD 2011 Feb-10 YTD 2010

CANADA 2,193 2,149 2,170 1,897 1,889
SAUDI ARABIA 1,114 1,099 1,106 881 922
MEXICO 998 1,216 1,112 996 1,015
NIGERIA 948 968 958 896 948
VENEZUELA 878 951 916 913 868
ANGOLA 357 294 323 312 289
IRAQ 263 470 372 540 522
ECUADOR 242 178 209 145 182
BRAZIL 175 259 219 192 233
COLOMBIA 175 303 242 371 330
ALGERIA 138 378 264 282 306
KUWAIT 118 147 133 228 143
RUSSIA 97 105 101 214 174
EQUATORIAL GUINEA 52 32 41 0 28
CHAD 51 55 53 0 24
Total Imports of Petroleum (Top 15 Countries)
(Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country Feb-11 Jan-11 YTD 2011 Feb-10 YTD 2010

CANADA 2,831 2,826 2,829 2,490 2,544
SAUDI ARABIA 1,114 1,102 1,108 898 932
MEXICO 1,104 1,366 1,242 1,134 1,132
VENEZUELA 989 1,030 1,011 1,009 957
NIGERIA 978 1,007 993 932 975
RUSSIA 437 531 486 423 444
ALGERIA 394 565 484 461 480
ANGOLA 370 316 342 326 302
IRAQ 263 470 372 540 522
ECUADOR 242 178 209 152 185
COLOMBIA 211 332 275 386 353
VIRGIN ISLANDS 182 276 232 187 251
BRAZIL 177 274 228 226 293
NETHERLANDS 129 101 114 126 121
KUWAIT 118 147 133 228 149

Note: The data in the tables above exclude oil imports into the U.S. territories.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/company_level_imports/current/import.html

U.S. Imports of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products (Thousand Barrels)

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U.S. Imports of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products (Thousand Barrels)
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Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  1981 211,651 189,623 186,874 170,038 179,033 163,061 180,306 178,783 190,939 184,739 172,239 181,133
  1982 165,300 134,588 139,009 131,341 149,155 159,813 182,581 162,557 162,429 164,483 172,330 142,772
  1983 137,570 104,328 114,375 141,812 157,761 159,786 177,966 190,940 183,883 163,007 156,297 156,018
  1984 168,332 165,090 164,337 161,169 185,337 164,466 167,624 156,373 157,547 179,144 167,606 152,910
  1985 136,866 109,568 144,861 159,483 179,065 147,878 153,437 146,248 149,113 158,754 183,483 180,750
  1986 172,754 130,941 146,074 163,183 198,397 205,436 215,191 222,210 212,690 199,241 197,753 207,712
  1987 196,948 167,565 179,612 177,335 188,251 203,061 235,219 231,066 215,339 219,093 212,031 211,838
  1988 222,611 210,419 215,274 218,111 231,533 217,167 226,204 228,957 225,169 242,728 231,425 239,541
  1989 255,904 224,882 231,140 242,335 241,114 239,318 259,439 265,360 240,070 257,344 250,231 234,962
  1990 285,117 235,178 246,903 235,730 273,853 262,406 280,496 267,959 220,840 208,219 210,083 199,611
  1991 220,205 192,230 206,031 222,527 264,066 247,339 240,418 268,759 234,793 231,491 228,454 227,450
  1992 239,074 197,981 219,109 242,764 242,528 238,385 262,858 256,049 245,325 263,660 236,161 243,003
  1993 248,124 222,545 256,833 263,054 268,539 264,149 285,782 261,313 255,938 285,103 267,094 267,980
  1994 247,773 239,093 265,808 269,052 285,609 279,153 303,145 294,813 290,790 272,425 261,217 274,743
  1995 248,450 233,648 279,199 253,946 269,965 286,751 274,765 280,887 292,067 265,893 272,221 266,961
  1996 290,297 243,304 281,860 282,855 310,209 298,147 304,432 309,565 274,255 304,941 277,328 291,935
  1997 302,658 267,706 304,827 303,413 335,357 322,094 310,240 324,404 316,111 334,555 298,450 289,155
  1998 313,927 279,737 311,061 333,142 344,219 327,790 361,122 341,994 314,960 336,701 325,804 317,989
  1999 323,150 298,204 330,402 348,542 356,826 334,793 362,608 345,397 319,695 328,457 300,996 312,004
  2000 314,334 319,073 342,602 346,738 353,879 360,960 359,227 377,352 356,996 350,000 339,272 373,653
  2001 389,212 326,012 376,103 379,586 388,410 351,959 364,564 360,271 354,529 352,734 348,854 340,804
  2002 343,737 305,310 347,145 352,954 364,849 352,585 360,334 368,598 332,235 368,676 368,027 344,088
  2003 344,222 305,797 373,370 377,975 400,473 390,023 394,816 395,844 386,032 383,549 351,369 373,031
  2004 372,434 367,082 413,811 386,490 414,625 406,817 420,662 424,354 380,278 416,566 402,259 405,726
  2005 402,720 384,977 410,119 404,284 434,174 428,105 431,684 429,276 396,864 440,459 422,882 419,997
  2006 427,676 379,819 400,010 403,136 443,758 427,579 433,491 455,595 434,721 412,818 390,135 394,344
  2007 424,880 340,839 432,648 415,258 440,339 406,587 426,374 422,663 409,380 402,396 395,643 398,950
  2008 420,616 367,143 390,528 399,944 399,957 401,942 406,854 406,644 346,859 409,269 386,421 390,817
  2009 406,925 338,661 385,841 358,846 355,774 358,083 366,727 346,658 352,675 337,212 333,152 326,556
  2010 348,303 312,147 359,216 375,232 375,109 370,163 390,649 382,564 354,478 344,898 332,634 344,379
  2011 370,569 294,094

– = No Data Reported;  — = Not Applicable;  NA = Not Available;  W = Withheld to avoid disclosure of individual company data.
Release Date: 4/28/2011
Next Release Date: Last Week of May 2011

http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MTTIMUS1&f=M

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