Saudi versus United States


The United States is now the largest global crude oil producer

Article published on September 12, 2018

The United States likely surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest crude oil producer earlier this year, based on preliminary estimates in EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). In February, U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades. In June and August, the United States surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999.

Although EIA does not publish crude oil production forecasts for Russia and Saudi Arabia in STEO, EIA expects that U.S. crude oil production will continue to exceed Russian and Saudi Arabian crude oil production for the remaining months of 2018 and through 2019.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook
Note: Production for the United States and Russia includes crude oil and condensate. The total for Saudi Arabia includes only crude oil; EIA estimates that crude oil and condensate production in Saudi Arabia averaged 10.5 million b/d in August 2018.



If the United States has been producing more crude oil since 2018, then why do our gas prices increase when Saudi loses five percent of its production? Could the market be taking advantage of the situation? Or, is it simply pure greed at the expense of the consumers?