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California Dependent On Middle East Oil

Sacramento, CA — Only two Arab countries have supplied more than 50% of California´s imported oil over the past five years.

It´s a dependence that leaves California more vulnerable than the rest of the country to disruptions in the world oil markets. The finding was based on an analysis of state and federal crude oil import statistics. It underscores the challenges confronting California — the largest gas-consuming state in the U-S.

Between 2001 and 2005, Saudi Arabia and Iraq provided an average of 53.1% of all the imports arriving in California. That´s according to California Energy Commission figures.