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.
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.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
The transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
The US consumes 800 million gallons of oil each day.
A frack job used 4.5 million gallons, of which a amount approximately 10 to 40 percent flows back to the surface as toxic water.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
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%.
26 percent of energy used in homes is for lighting and other appliances
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
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.