The entire load is for one station and most of these busier ones get a delivery every day. Most stations generally have a 12,000 to 20,000 underground tank for regular unleaded and 10,000 or 12,000 tanks for diesel and super. Most midgrade fuel is blended right at the dispenser pump. A big Costco for example though generally has 2 20,000 gallon regular unleaded tanks and gets 2 or 3 truck loads a day.
After driving fuel tankers for 18 years, I am actually fucking amazed that we actually have any oil left in the ground. It is staggering the amount we use....
In 2009, the global average use of petroleum was 84,213,480 barrels per day or 3,536,966,160 gallons per day! Want a figure to totally cause a brain meltdown?
1,290,992,648,400 gallons per year!
That`s a lot of fucking oil coming out of the ground. Like I said, I am actually surprised we have not already run out....
World Crude Consumption
Not to try to sound political here, this is just facts and figures and people may take form it whatever they wish:
Burning 1 gallon of petroleum produces 20 pounds of Carbon Dioxide so with those figures, we are pumping:
pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. Like I said, not turning thins into a political discussion at all, just some interesting numbers that we almost never contemplate in our daily lives. Because of being in this industry, I tend to think more about it than I would ordinarily...
CO2 from petroleum