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.
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.
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
The transportation sector made up 28 percent of US energy conumption in 2011
The majority of oil the US oil imports are from Canada (24%), Mexico (9%), Saudi Arabia (12%), Nigeria (11%) and Venezuela (10%).
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
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.
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!
Producing 2.2 pounds of beef takes enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for twenty days.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
Livestock farming contributes to 18% of the global warming effect, more than emissions from every car, train and plane on Earth.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
16: The number of U.S. states that generate more than 10% of their electricity from renewable sources.
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