California drivers fill up with Amazon oil at gas stations operated by major brands such as Marathon, Chevron and Shell. The highest-grossing brand marathon (339 million gallons) in 2020, according to the report, but still unnamed gasoline (479 million).
Drivers buy from Amazon Oil at supermarkets such as Costco, Safeway and Walmart. Those companies also use them for their ships. Last year, Kostko was the biggest consumer of Amazon oil (19 million gallons), according to the report.
Major airlines operating in California took 123 million gallons of jet fuel from Amazon last year. According to the report, US Air Force (31 million gallons) followed the United States (30.05 million gallons) and Delta (30 million gallons).
Pepsico (4 million gallons) is the largest consumer of Amazon diesel. Amazon (13.3 million gallons), UPS (13.1 million gallons) and FedEx (12 million) are some of the major suppliers.
The report urges corporate leaders to call for a new oil boom in Amazon and “develop alternatives to electric vehicle use and other fossil fuels.”
NBC News reaches all the companies in this story. Delta said the company was working to shift from jet fuel to sustainable aviation fuel and hoped to increase 10 percent of its total supply by 2030.
Not surprisingly, Ed Hirs, an energy partner at the University of Houston, said that this huge amount of Amazon oil has recently been completed in California.
“It’s probably just the cost of transportation,” Hers said. From Ecuador: “In contrast to the Middle East weeks, it is seven or eight days to California.”
The Hersi report highlights the seriousness of the global oil market.
“I can’t argue with what they say,” he said. “Is that a problem? Absolutely. Can California do anything about it? No, another 50 cents for a barrel, that oil goes somewhere else.”
Robertson and her colleagues are not calling on California to immediately stop using Amazon oil, but I hope government officials and corporate leaders take steps to curb the use of fossil fuels as a whole.
Robertson said, “It’s as much as possible, and it’s an important part of it.” It should be central to California’s climate crisis strategy.
Santiago Cornejo reports from Ecuador. Rich Shapiro and Christine Romeo report from New York.