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Published in partnership with @pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN #NBCNewsThreads (1/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN Last year alone, some 70M barrels of oil from the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador flowed to the U.S. California accounted for nearly 56M barrels, far more than the 5 other states that received oil: Texas (6M), Louisiana (6M), Mississippi (0.5M), Washington (0.4M). (2/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN About half of the Amazon oil exported to California went to 3 refineries in and around Los Angeles, the report said. California drivers fill up on Amazon oil at gas stations operated by major brands such as Marathon, Chevron and Shell. (3/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN Motorists also purchase Amazon oil at supermarket fueling stations at places like Costco, Safeway and Walmart. Those companies also use them for their fleets. Last year Costco was the top consumer of Amazon oil (19M gallons), the report said. (4/8)…
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN Major airlines operating in California consumed a total of 123M gallons of jet fuel sourced from the Amazon last year. The top consumer was American Airlines (31M gallons) followed by United (30.05M gallons) and Delta (30M gallons), according to the report. (5/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN PepsiCo (4M gallons) was the top consumer of Amazon diesel among food and beverage delivery companies.

Among parcel delivery companies, Amazon (13.3M gallons) slightly edged out UPS (13.1M gallons) and FedEx (12M). (6/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN .@NBCNews reached out to all of the companies named in this story.

Delta was the only one to comment, saying the company is working to move away from jet fuel to sustainable aviation fuel and hopes to make it 10% of the overall fuel supply by 2030. (7/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN The California Environmental Protection Agency: “This report illustrates exactly why California must eliminate dependence on fossil fuels, whether they come from critical regions like the Amazon or next to homes and schools right here in the state.” (8/8)

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