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US per capita transportation sector energy consumption has been relatively flat since 1974

On a per capita basis, the transportation sector energy consumption in 2019 was 86 million Btu—a 54% increase from 1950 and about the same level as in 1974.

The industrial sector, which had the highest energy consumption, decreased 7% from 1950 to 2019 and decreased 36% from its highest point in 1973.

The residential and commercial sectors rose 64% and 116%, respectively, from 1950 to 2019.


Source: Energy use—Energy Information Administration, July 2020 Monthly Energy Review, Table 2.1. Population—Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 38.1, Table 9.1.


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