Many older thermoelectric power plants require tremendous amounts of water for cooling. This animation takes you through the process and illustrates why there are such devastating consequences for fish and other aquatic life.
In a new video produced by Brainvise for the Vote Solar Initiative, renewable energy policies that let you spin your electric meter backwards are explained in a simple, engaging manner through sharp animation.
With all eyes on New York State's rumored upcoming moves on shale-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a recent Washington Post op-ed by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and fracking pioneer, George Mitchell, weighed in on the possibility of
We're experiencing the food, water and energy nexus first-hand. The worst drought since 1956 might produce significant impacts on food and fuel prices and could cause urban water supplies in some US regions to dry up.
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.
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.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
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.
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!
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.