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.
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
Analysts predict that over the next decade, $800 billion - $1.2 trillion will be invested in the solar industry globally.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
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.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
$ 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%
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
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.
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!
The US imports about half of oil consumed.
The US consumes 800 million gallons of oil each day.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.