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.
26 percent of energy used in homes is for lighting and other appliances
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.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
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.
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%
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
It takes 520 million MWh of electricity per year to move, treat and heat water in the U.S. this is 13% of the total U.S. electrical consumption.
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
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.