The US imports about half of oil consumed.
With 5% of the earth's population, the U.S. consumes 20% of the world's total energy.
$ 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%
In February 2012, financial speculation added an extra $.56 per gallon of gasoline at the pump.
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.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
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.
20 percent of energy used in homes is for water heating
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
A US resident uses about 11,500 kWh of electricity per year.
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.
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
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