Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.
It takes 520 million MWh of electricity per year to move, treat and heat water in the U.S. this is 13% of the total U.S. electrical consumption.
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.
The US consumes 800 million gallons of oil each day.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
26 percent of energy used in homes is for lighting and other appliances
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
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!
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