The US Military oil consumption
The US military is the largest fuel burning entity in the world. According to published data the US army used 144 million barrels of fuel in 2004 with budgeted cost of energy used by the army at 8.2 billion for that year. The U.S. military consumes 10-11 million barrels of fuel each month to sustain operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. At $140/barrel only (unrefined) that is 1.4 billion monthly just on fuel. All this consumption and its impact on the demand is unmentioned by politicians and media in the west (this is not counting all other federal agencies use of fuels domestically - e.g. all the hundreds of thousands of SUVs in the service of government bureacracies). Also the dollar keeps coming down in value (so oil denominated in dollars is higher) because of the debts incurred by the US war economy. And you wonder why oil prices are high?