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.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
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.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
Red tape can add up: Local permitting and inspection add $0.50 per watt, or $2,516 per residential install, to the cost of solar.
$ 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%
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
The US consumes 800 million gallons of oil each day.
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.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.