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 will likely produce significant impacts on food and fuel prices and could cause urban water supplies in some regions of the country to dry up.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.
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.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
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.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Analysts predict that over the next decade, $800 billion - $1.2 trillion will be invested in the solar industry globally.
The majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
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%.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating