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Why does the United States import oil?
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There is no official answer to how much crude oil is being exported that is easy to find online. There is, however, a Forbes article dated July 3rd, 2008, that provides …the following about refined products such as gas and diesel: "A record 1.6 million barrels a day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007. Shipments this February topped 1.8 million barrels a day for the first time during any month, according to final numbers from the Energy Department." Based on the Energy Information Agencies' (EIA) numbers, the US uses approximately 20 million barrels of crude a day. The EIA also reports that 1 barrel of crude (42 gallons) makes approximately 20 gallons of gasoline and 7 gallons of diesel. Assuming that most of the exported products are gasoline and diesel, and knowing from calculating that roughly 64% of a barrel of crude oil (which is the percentage of gasoline and diesel that comes out of a barrel of crude oil) can be refined into gasoline and diesel, then the 1.6 million barrels a day being exported represents roughly 2.2 million barrels of crude a day or about 10% of the crude oil used daily by the US. It may be accurate to say that no crude oil is being exported from the US, but up to 10% of our crude oil is being exported in the form of refined products. This makes the argument that the US has a shortage of refining capacity to handle the US market questionable at best. The assumption made here is that most of the refined products being exported are gasoline and diesel instead of other oil related products. If this assumption is way off, please post what the correct stats are and a reliable source for any correction.
The US mainly imports machinery, automobiles, technology, and chemicals from Europe.
Contrary to popular belief there are many, spread all over. According to the EIA, 149. However, they are not all dedicated to refining oil into usable gasoline, and 149 still …aren't enough. The real problem, however, is not that there aren't enough refineries (which, once again, there aren't,) but that the refineries we have are not working at maximum capacity. Regularly, their parent companies will shut them down or scale them back, dramatically reducing their output. The oil companies say its due to refinery age, reparis, etc. There is much debate, however, as to whether or not these actions are actually deliberate in order to boost prices at the pump. It could be argued that with problems occurring that increase expenses for oil companies that their increase in profits recently makes those same statements of high expenditures false. What adds further weight to the debate is the fact that dozens of refineries have been closed in the past 15 years, which doesn't add up during a supply shortage or price spike caused by the same, with increase in demand. It is also widely known that in the mid-1990's some refineries were closed as a direct result of refinery overproduction, during times of surplus, which was due to a loss of profits by the relevant companies. This further makes recent industry profit spikes quite coincidental, now that those refineries are closed and production is strickly controlled, shortage or surplus with every barrel with limited refineries, which can be slowed for any reason. Regardless, production of gasoline and related products is affected, and to be fair, 60% of U.S. oil is imported, and so conflicts in Iraq and problems with Iran, Venezuela, long shipping times/distances all can also dramatically affect the price of gasoline as well, and have been known to hamper it in the past.
From the CIA World Factbook : agricultural products 4.9%, industrial supplies 32.9% (crude oil 8.2%), capital goods 30.4% (computers, telecommunications equipment, motor… vehicle parts, office machines, electric power machinery), consumer goods 31.8% (automobiles, clothing, medicines, furniture, toys) (2003)
Cuba was known as "America's getaway." Before Fidel Castro took over the government, Cuba was really popular for tourism. Cuba also had many items and foods that people from A…merica couldn't easily get. Such as Cuban Cigars and some rare tropical fruits. Cuba used to be a huge ally with U.S.A.
.All the state offices are there (or the headquarters are there), the legislation is handled there, etc. It's the same reason Washington DC is important as the capital of the …US. A state capital has the same role, except on a smaller scale. It is the State Capital... Enough said.
It is 90 miles of the Florida coast and many people in Miami are from Havanna. These things make it important.
Exports-1. Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances | $70,287 / 2. Road vehicles | 51,703 / 3. Office machines and automatic data processing machines | 45,751 / 4. Trans…port equipment | 34,356 / 5. Miscellaneous manufactured articles | 30,694 / 6. General industrial machinery and equipment | 27,370 / 7. Machinery specialized for particular industries | 26,628 / 8. Power generating machinery and equipment | 23,169 / 9. Professional scientific and control instruments and apparatus | 21,441 / 10. Telecommunication and sound record and reproduce apparatus and equipment | 21,414 / 11. Cereals and cereal preparations | 18,153 / 12. Organic chemicals | 15,012 Top 12 Import Product Groups 1996 In Millions of US Dollars1. Road vehicles | $103,664 / 2. Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, | 75,525 / 3. Office machines and automatic data processing machines | 66,500 / 4. Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials | 65,242 / 5. Articles of apparel and clothing accessories | 41,559 / 6. Miscellaneous manufactured articles | 38,844 / 7. Telecommunication and sound record and reproduce apparatus and equipment | 34,167 / 8. General industrial machinery and equipment | 25,286 / 9. Power generating machinery and equipment | 22,499 / 10. Special transactions and commodities not classified by kind | 20,532 / 11. Machinery specialized for particular industries | 18,509 / 12. Nonmetallic mineral manufactures | 15,650
It is the workplace of the U.S. President as well as the home of the President and his/her family, and so is a symbol of the US presidency, which is an extremely important par…t of the federal government. The actual White House building is a historical landmark, almost as old as the republic, itself. People would consider it a personal insult if some hostile power was able to damage or destroy it, but I would guess that if some popular President campaigned for a new modern home and got one built that most people would not mind or care very much if the old White House became a museum. I could be wrong.
The United States is located in America. Where you are is always important to you.
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items typically imported by the United States include machinery, transport equipment, manufactured articles, crude materials, chemicals, food and live animals, minerals and lu…bricants, beverages, and tobacco.