The transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
Red tape can add up: Local permitting and inspection add $0.50 per watt, or $2,516 per residential install, to the cost of solar.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
Analysts predict that by 2017, the cost for electricity produced from new onshore wind farms will be lower than new advanced or conventional coal plan
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
The majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
About 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the US. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
$ of a gal. of gas includes: cost of Crude Oil 76%; Refining Costs and Profits 6%; Distribution, Marketing, and Retail Costs and Profits 6%; Taxes 12%