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.
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
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
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
About 10% of energy consumption goes toward raising, distributing, processing and preserving crops and animals used in the American food system.
$ 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%
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.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.