US economy concerns

Reading through Ernst & Young Quarterly Oil and Gas Update on PR Newswire made some interesting reading. In particular, how demand for oil and gas were holding up in the face of economic uncertainty. Just how the US economy is doing was forcefully brought home in the chart below:
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It will be interesting to see whether further developed nations economic decline will bring fuel demand back in line with the economic trends.