This article (or one that was redirected to it) was nominated for deletion on 6 March. The result of the discussion was rename to "List of oil-producing nations". At the time of the discussion, the article was called List of states that produce oil.
I think we should differentiate a bit: There is a cartel, called OPEC; there are many countries which produce (or rather: extract) oil, but are not OPEC-members. The biggest producers of oil are Russia, Saudi-Arabia, the US, Iran and China; the biggest consumers are the US, China, Japan, India and Russia, the biggest exporters are Saudi-Arabia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Nigeria, the biggest importers are the US, Japan, China, India, and South Korea. There's also oil refining capacity to look at, which I won't do. All this information is not contained in the list above. For this reason, we should strive to write articles about the "economy" behind the extraction, refining, and trade of crude oil (or of oil-based products). Once we have done that, we should delete the list, and replace it with a category, where we can put all those countries. I know this is much more work that simply deleting or keeping the list, but as it is, the list is of little use, except for trivia. That's not what Wikipedia is supposed to cover. --Eptalon (talk) 11:38, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
(comments welcome) --Eptalon (talk) 14:14, 6 March 2011 (UTC)