Petroleum use in Nebraska for 2011 was 44,232 thousand barrels (44.2 million barrels), a decrease of 3.9 percent from 2010. Petroleum use peaked at 46,260 thousand barrels (46.3 million barrels) in 1978. With 46,024 thousand barrels (46.0 million barrels) consumption, the year 2010 has been the only year to come even close to the peak in 1978.
The pie chart shows that motor gasoline and distillate fuel (diesel fuel and heating oil) made up nearly equal slices of the pie resulting in 88.5 percent of the total petroleum products consumed in 2011. Propane made up 7 percent. Each of the other fuels' consumption was less than two percent of the pie.
The area chart shows, over the last fifty–one years, people have consumed more motor gasoline than any of the other petroleum products, with distillate fuel running a close second.