Petroleum consumption in Europe has declined over the past three decades due to energy-conservation policies and the region’s economic malaise.
North American consumption is up slightly since 1980 but more recently has been declining, thanks mostly to automobile fuel-economy standards.
Over the same period, world demand has grown from 63.1 million barrels a day of petroleum-derived fuels to 88.9 million barrels per day last year.
Asia — where petro-fuel consumption since 1980 has nearly tripled, thanks to hyper-growth in China and India.
That’s the story told by this animated clip from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.