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.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
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.
The majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
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
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
$ 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%