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 US imports about half of oil consumed.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
The US consumes 800 million gallons of oil each day.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
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!
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
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 transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
200,000: The number of electric drive vehicles - hybrids, extended range and battery - that have been purchased in the United States in 2012.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
$ 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%