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Five Takeaways on Five Takeaways -and- Russian Oil in America

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

1.) Morons.

2.) Morons.

3.) Morons.

4.) Morons.

5.) Morons.

Don’t you just hate what most journalism has become?

I do.

Recently, I sought a friend’s opinion about POTUS BIDEN’S SOTU, who in response wrote that, “I thought Biden was a joke. He is providing Putin with the money for the war. It has been reported that the US is the largest purchaser of oil from Russia. He talked about funding the police, securing the border, it was all lies.”

I could have guessed any response would have been as much, given that individual was a Trump voter. But, what shocked me was the claim that “He is providing Putin with the money for the war. It has been reported that the US is the largest purchaser of oil from Russia.”

That friend and I have known each other for several years, and on Saturdays we would regularly “solve the world’s problems” over breakfast at area restaurants. And here’s the interesting part: When we got down to brass tacks, didn’t insult each other’s ideas or opinions, and worked to the fundamental root cause of problems, we actually saw eye-to-eye on many topics. We just had to move away from the temptation to play the “sport” of politics, which is now all-too-often, par for the course.

But on the matter of the claim that POTUS BIDEN “is providing Putin with the money for the war,” and the related claim that, “It has been reported that the US is the largest purchaser of oil from Russia,” I set out to disprove what, on its face, prima facie evidence, if you prefer, seemed outrageous.

So, I visited the Energy Information Administration’s website to learn more. (AKA “Your Tax Dollars At Work.”)

Here’s what I found.

On a page entitled “U.S. Imports by Country of Origin,”  in 2020, the United States imported from a total of 72 nations a GRAND TOTAL of 2,877,890 thousand barrels of oil. (NOTE: 2020 is the most recent year for which annual information is available, while monthly data for July–December 2021 is available. The July-December 2021 monthly figures may be found toward the bottom of this entry, below the horizontal line.)

The Top 10 nations from which the USA imported oil are, in order, with volumes (in thousands of barrels):

1.) Canada — 1,509,646
2.) Mexico — 274,757
3.) Russia — 197,720
4.) Saudi Arabia — 190,929
5.) Colombia — 103,865

6.) Ecuador — 67,899
7.) Iraq — 64,456
8.) Brazil — 45,933
9.) South Korea — 44,572
10.) United Kingdom — 31,214

Clearly, Russia is a top-oil exporting nation, to be certain, but HOW MUCH of their annual output goes to/is purchased by the United States?

Again, that information is available from the EIA.

In an Executive Summary last updated December 13, 2021, and entitled “Country Analysis Executive Summary: Russia” the U.S. Energy Information Administration wrote in part that,

“Europe is Russia’s main market for its oil and natural gas exports, and by extension, Europe is its main source for revenues. Russia is a major source of oil and natural gas for Europe; a significant share of Europe’s oil and natural gas imports come from Russia.

“Since 2014, Russia has been subject to sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU). The sanctions were imposed in response to the actions and policies of the Russian government with respect to Ukraine. The U.S. sanctions mainly affect Russian energy companies’ access to U.S. capital markets and to goods, services, and technology in support of deepwater exploration and field development.

• “Since April 2020, Russia has been actively coordinating oil production with a number of OPEC and other non-OPEC producers, collectively known as the OPEC+ agreement. The OPEC+ agreement aimed to curb crude oil production in response to rapidly declining demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

• “Russia was the world’s third-largest producer of petroleum and other liquids (after the United States and Saudi Arabia) in 2020; it had an annual average of 10.5 million barrels per day (b/d) in total liquid fuels production. Russia was the second-largest producer of dry natural gas in 2020 (second to the United States), producing an estimated 22.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf).”

Four years prior to that, in a report dated November 14, 2017, entitled “Russia exports most of its crude oil production, mainly to Europe,” using figures based on Russian export statistics and country import statistics from Global Trade Tracker, the EIA stated in part that,

“Russia exported more than 5.2 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil and condensate and
more than 2.4 million b/d of petroleum products in 2016, mostly to countries in Europe.
Exports of crude oil and petroleum products represented
nearly 70% of total Russian petroleum liquids production in 2016.
Russia’s oil and natural gas industry is a key component of Russia’s economy,
with revenues from oil and natural gas activities
— including exports —
making up 36% of Russia’s federal budget revenues.”

Again, let’s examine the percentage of imported Russian oil accounts for in the United States — as a percentage of imported oil, as a percentage of domestic oil produced, and as a percentage of ALL oil, imported -&- produced domestically.

Those are fairly simple math calculations that can be determined by dividing the total Russian oil import by the TOTAL oil imported, and that figure is 6.87%.

That’s paltry.

What’s even smaller is the amount of imported Russian oil as a percentage of domestically-produced oil, and that’s 4.78%, while as a percentage of ALL oil, imported -&- produced domestically, it’s only 2.82%.

But, notice this, that Canada is BY FAR the greatest source of imported oil in the United States with 1,509,646 million barrels in 2020. That’s 52.45% of all oil imported into the United States.

But, how much oil does the United States produce?

Once again, we turn to the EIA for such information, and on their “Crude Oil Production” page for the United States, we see that in 2020 — the most recent year for which data is available — the United States produced a GRAND TOTAL of  4,129,563 thousand barrels of oil.

Similarly, we can perform simple math to determine the percentage of oil imported versus oil produced, by dividing the amount imported by the amount produced, which is expressed thus:
2,877,890 / 4,129,563 = 69.68%.

To be clear, we import LESS THAN what we produce (produce MORE THAN we import), and that figure represents the fractional portion of imports IN COMPARISON to domestic production.

Moving along toward the assertion/claim that American oil purchases from Russia are “providing Putin with the money for the war,” we also need to examine the timeline of international relations of the three nations.

So, let’s do that.

2021-2022 – Russian President Vladimir V. Putin seeks to prevent Ukraine’s drift toward the US and its allies.  Putin demands “security guarantees” including an assurance by NATO that Ukraine will never join the group and that the alliance pulls back troops stationed in countries that joined after 1997.  Many Russians view the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as the birthplace of their nation and cite the numerous cultural ties between the two countries.

2021 – April – Russia sends 100,000 troops to Ukraine’s borders. While few analysts believe an invasion in imminent, Zelensky urges NATO leadership to put Ukraine on a timeline for membership. Russia says it will withdraw the troops, but tens of thousands remain.

2021 – August – Zelensky visits the White House to meet with President Biden. Biden emphasizes US commitment to “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression” but repeats that Ukraine has not yet met the conditions necessary to join NATO.

• • In order to become a NATO member nation, a nation must first satisfy certain prerequisites to be eligible for membership. They are:

• • 1.) Nation must be a European country;
• • 2.) It must follow democratic principles, and;
• • 3.) It must contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area

• • Once those prerequisites are met, the country can be invited to join the Membership Action Plan, a detailed plan unique to each member nation which is outlined on the NATO website linked below. And even then, membership is not automatic.
• • See: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_37356.htm

• • At this point, Ukraine has applied to be a member of the European Union. Their next step toward NATO membership is to be accepted into the EU.

2021 – November – Russia renews troop presence near the Ukraine-Russia border, alarming US intelligence officials, who travel to Brussels to brief NATO allies on the situation. “We’re not sure exactly what Mr. Putin is up to, but these movements certainly have our attention.” says US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

2021 – December – Biden speaks to Putin via phone and urges Russia not to invade Ukraine, warning of “real costs” if Russia does so. Putin issues a contentious set of security demands, including asking NATO to permanently bar Ukraine from membership and withdraw forces stationed in countries that joined the alliance after 1997, including Romania and Balkan countries. He demands a written response from the US and NATO.

2022 – January – leaders and diplomats from the US, Russia, and European countries meet repeatedly to avert a crisis. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov tells US officials that Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine.

2022 – January 23 – US State Department orders the families of embassy staff to leave Ukraine.

2022 – January 24 – NATO places forces on standby, in the US ordering 8,500 troops in the US to be ready to deploy.

2022 – January 26 – representatives from the US and NATO deliver their written responses to Putin’s demands – officials say they cannot bar Ukraine from joining NATO, but signal willingness to negotiate over smaller issues like arms control.

2022 – February – Diplomatic efforts pick up pace across Europe. Biden orders the movement of 1,000 US troops from Germany to Romania and the deployment of 2,000 additional US troops to Poland and Germany.

2022 – February 10 – Russia and Belarus begin joint military exercises, with about 30,000 Russian troops stationed in the country along Ukraine’s northern border.

2022 – February 11 – US and UK urge their citizens to leave Ukraine. Biden announces the deployment of another 2,000 troops from the US to Poland.

2022 – mid-February – fighting escalates between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces in the two eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Separatists leaders call for evacuations. Putin says “in our view, what is happening in Donbas today is, in fact, genocide” – a false claim that Western officials say Putin is using to create a pretext for an invasion. Russia continues to build its troop presence on its border with Ukraine, with estimates ranging from 150,000 – 190,000 troops. US officials including Biden, increase urgency of warnings, saying that Russia has decided to invade.

2022 – February 21 – Putin formerly recognizes the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic – including territory claimed by separatists but controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces. He orders Russia’s military to deploy troops there under the guise of a “peacekeeping” mission. – Biden declare the move “the beginning of a Russian invasion.” The US, UK, and EU enact a broad set of sanctions targeting Russian banks and oligarchs.

2022 – February 25 – Russian forces launch a devastating assault on Ukrainian territory – the largest such military operation in Europe since the end of World War II.

Concluding, it’s disingenuous (not candid, or sincere) to claim, or assert that “He [POTUS BIDEN] is providing Putin with the money for the war [against Ukraine].” And regarding the statement that “It has been reported that the US is the largest purchaser of oil from Russia,” it’s BLATANTLY FALSE.

Now, for funsies.

Here for your “entertainment” are the figures for American oil imports for 2020.

Petroleum & Other Liquids
U.S. Imports by Country of Origin
Product: Total Crude Oil and Products
Period/Unit: Monthly-Thousand Barrels
Import Area: U.S.


— All Countries —
July 2021 — 272,667
August 2021 — 270,082
September 2021 — 267,931
October 2021 — 251,790
November 2021 — 254,162
December 2021 — 265,228

— Non OPEC —
December 2021 — 232,300

— OPEC —
December 2021 — 32,928

— Persian Gulf —
December 2021 — 26,653

U.S. Imports by Country of Origin 2020
Product: Total Crude Oil and Products
Period/Unit: Annual-Thousand Barrels
(descending order)
See: https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_a.htm

All Countries — 2,877,890
Non OPEC* — 2,553,760
OPEC — 324,130
Persian Gulf — 280,288


1.) Canada — 1,509,646
2.) Mexico — 274,757
3.) Russia — 197,720
4.) Saudi Arabia — 190,929
5.) Colombia — 103,865

6.) Ecuador — 67,899
7.) Iraq — 64,456
8.) Brazil — 45,933
9.) South Korea — 44,572
10.) United Kingdom — 31,214

11.) Netherlands — 30,156
12.) India — 28,967
13.) Nigeria — 27,525
14.) Argentina — 15,671
15.) Trinidad and Tobago — 14,155

16.) Belgium — 12,151
17.) Angola — 11,329
18.) Egypt — 11,119
19.) Spain — 11,031
20.) Norway — 10,585

21.) Italy — 10,549
22.) Kuwait — 10,261
23.) Guyana — 9,953
24.) Portugal — 9,697
25.) Singapore — 9,131

26.) Kazakhstan — 9,095
27.) Japan — 8,084
28.) France — 7,784
29.) United Arab Emirates — 7,037
30.) Cameroon — 6,958

31.) Brunei — 6,820
32.) Finland — 6,080
33.) Qatar — 6,079
34.) Sweden — 5,571
35.) Algeria — 5,507

36.) Turkey — 5,477
37.) Peru — 4,331
38.) Bahamas — 3,547
39.) Malaysia — 3,473
40.) Germany — 3,149

41.) Libya — 3,118
42.) Lithuania — 2,490
43.) Indonesia — 2,419
44.) Congo (Brazzaville) — 1,902
45.) Guatemala — 1,406

46.) Belarus — 1,388
47.) Panama — 1,322
48.) China — 1,148
49.) Denmark — 1,119
50.) Iran — 1,111

51.) Equatorial Guinea — 955
52.) South Sudan — 954
53.) Greece — 647
54.) Liberia — 619
55.) Vietnam — 614

56.) Poland — 574
57.) Jordan — 497
58.) Bahrain — 415
59.) Oman — 302
60.) Romania — 254

61.) Virgin Islands (U.S.) — 204
62.) Latvia — 169
63.) Curacao — 132
64.) Israel — 130
65.) Hong Kong — 120

66.) Ireland — 109
67.) Chile — 90
68.) Estonia — 55
69.) Bulgaria — 21
70.) Switzerland — 15

71.) South Africa — 3
72.) Malta — 2


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