Instead of writing yet another paper, I handed in this visualization for the LERU Bright 2013 Student Conference which will be held in August in Freiburg, Germany. This year's conference topic is "Energy Transition in the 21st Century" and I am part of the "Dependencies" working group.

This "Atlas der Globalisierung"-inspired visualization, based on 2013 data by BP, allows the reader to quickly grasp the temporal and spatial differences in oil consumption and production. On one hand, during certain periods of history, some nations consumed almost as much oil as the rest of the world together. On the other hand, the data of the last ten years show a growing divergence between consumption and production. After all, I hope this work makes clear that nations are heavily interdependent when it comes to oil - the main driver of our global economy.

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Global Oil Production & Consumption since 1965

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Note that the original data set does not consider all the countries of the world. For some countries, values are missing for a certain time period (e.g. for Russia/former UDSSR).

"Production" includes crude oil, shale oil, oil sands and NLGs, "consumption" also includes fuel ethanol and biodiesel, refinery fuel and loss.

Timo Grossenbacher (BSc in Geography, University of Zurich)
Geodata: mbostock/topojson
Data: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013