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 majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
Power plants in the US withdraw 143 billion gallons of fresh water every day; more than irrigation and 3 times that's used for public water supplies.
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!
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
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
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.