From sun-up to sundown and all through the night the life blood of our 24-hour economy is oil. 250 million cars, tens of millions of cars, hundreds of thousands of planes and ships, nearly a million buses, and 8 million homes in the northeast alone rely on oil nearly every day. The u.s. now consumes 19 million to 20 million barrels of it every 24 hours. that translated to nearly 10,000 gallons a second. 52% of that comes from foreign sources, much of it from canada and mexico. only a quarter comes from opec companies like saudi arabia and venezuela. roughly 8% of the oil consumed from america comes from the gulf of mexico. 1.6 million barrel as day.