The United States is divided into Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts – better known as PADDs. The system was created during World War II to better organize petroleum-derived fuels and their distribution. The districts are still used to day for collection of data.
PADD III, which contains Alabama, Arkanas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana, produces the greatest number of barrels of oil per day, 2,859,000 barrels. PADD V, which includes ANWR – the area the oil companies have deemed the end all and be all to oil production, produces 1,391,000 barrels per day – one-half of the oil produced by PADD III.
The Energy Information Agency (EIA) and Statemaster provide a wealth of information about enegy consumption, price, sources, etc. The EIA website also provides a 25-year projection from the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development. That prediction reflects that world marketed energy consumption is projected to increase by 57 percent from 2004 to 2030. Total energy demand in the non-OECD countries increases by 95 percent, compared with an increase of 24 percent in the OECD countries.
The prediction supports those of us who understand that we are not going back to the days of cheap energy and gasoline regardless of drilling locations that big oil continues to push down the American public’s throat.