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.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
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!
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
The transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
Analysts predict that over the next decade, $800 billion - $1.2 trillion will be invested in the solar industry globally.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
$ 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%
The US imports about half of oil consumed.