54. MANUFACTURERS DON'T USE MUCH OIL
The EIA has lots of data on fuel consumption, classified by type of fuel and industry:
EIA Stats on Oil Use by Industry
Look at this Table of fuel consumption by fuel and industry.
As you can see from the Table, oil products play a very small role as an energy input for manufacturing.
For example, consider "Transport Machinery" (NAICS code no.: 336). This category includes motor vehicle and truck manufacturing etc.
If you're curious about all the diverse types of vehicle manufacturing which fall under NAICS 336, go here and scroll down.
Energy consumption for transport machinery manufacturing breaks down as follows for 1998 (figures are in trillion BTUs):
Total energy consumption: 488
Net electricity: 195
Residual fuel oil: 5
Distillate fuel oil: 15
Natural gas: 211
LPG and NGL: 4
Coke and breeze: 1
As you can see, the primary energy inputs to transport machinery manufacturing are electricity and natural gas. Oil accounts for only about 4% of energy use in this sector.
Matt Savinar, another peak oil fearmonger, says this on his website "Life After the Oil Crash":
Hybrids or so called "hyper-cars" aren't the answer either because the construction of an average car consumes approximately 27-54 barrels (1,110-2,200 gallons) of oil. (Source)
He bases this statement on the following data:
The average car will consume during its construction 10% of the energy used during its lifetime. (Source)
Note that the data says "car manufacturing requires energy", and Savinar duplicitously changes this halfway through the calculation to "car manufacturing requires oil". I call this fraudulent tactic the "switcheroo" and I've seen it a hundred times talking to peak oilers. Watch out for it.
Conclusion: it doesn't take hardly any oil to manufacture a car.
But, JD, what about the glass and steel?
The glass industry doesn't use much oil:
(NAICS 3272 Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing)
Neither does the steel industry:
(NAICS 331111 Iron and Steel Mills & 3312 Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel)
Neither does the metalcasting industry:
(NAICS 3315 Foundries)
(The above pie charts and a wealth of other information on oil and manufacturing can be found here.)