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.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
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.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
The transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.
26 percent of energy used in homes is for lighting and other appliances
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.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.