In 2010, coal-fired power plants represented 45% of the electricity generated in the United States and oil a smaller amount, 1%. Combined together they are the dominant air polluters and facing tough new restrictions from the EPA 마이펫의 이중생활 자막.
Unfortunately, they have a few years to clean-up and that doesn’t help if you live in one of the toxic twenty states 다운로드. Visit the previous link to see how your state compares, or scan this map to see if any of the polluting power plants are close to you.
Continue reading Map of coal and oil-fired power plants in the United States
Last month, Michael Noble of Fresh Energy put up a fascinating list of projections made by energy experts around 2000 or so. Suffice to say, the projections did not fare well 버즈런처. They were badly wrong…
What should we take from this?
The projections weren’t just off, they were way off. You can find similarly poor projections from the ’70s that underestimate the spread of energy efficiency and other demand-side technology solutions (They thought they were going to need hundreds of nuclear plants) Tinyumbrella download. Similarly terrible projections were also common in the early years of cell phones.
What do cell phones, energy efficiency, and renewable energy have in common 무한의 탐정2 다운로드? One, they are dynamic areas of technology development and market competition, which makes straight-line projections pretty useless. And two, they are distributed, with millions of loosely networked people and organizations working on them in parallel 탈옥 유튜브 다운로드. Distributed, human-scale technologies come in small increments. They replicate quickly, so there’s more variation and competitive selection, and thus more evolution 다운로드.
Keep reading: Grist – Why do ‘experts’ always lowball clean-energy projections 다운로드?
Continue reading Why do experts always lowball clean energy projections 다운로드?
The debate goes much deeper than who received money, but these numbers are still important:
In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil 에이지 오브 엠파이어2 다운로드. Although a majority voted for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) bill, it fell short of the 60 needed. The only two Republicans to break rank were Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen 다운로드. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).
A Think Progress Green analysis shows:
- The 47 senators voting against the bill have received $23,582,500 in career contributions from oil and gas 다운로드. The 51 senators voting to repeal oil tax breaks have received $5,873,600.
Democrats who joined the Republicans in defeating the bill include Sens stay with me 악보. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Jim Webb (D-VA).
The oil industry also spent over $146,000,000 on lobbying last year 다운로드.
55 percent of Americans want to see the subsidies stopped.
via Think Progress Green
Thx to Justin Bacon
해리포터와 마법사의 돌 자막 다운로드
Transportation, not electricity, is the source of oil’s importance: since the 1970s, the U.S. has weaned its power sector off of oil 다운로드. Today only one percent of U.S. electricity is generated from oil and only one percent of U.S. oil demand is due to electricity generation. Thus expansion of electricity generation from solar, wind, nuclear, and other power sources will not serve to displace oil in any perceptible manner 다운로드. Plug in an electric vehicle today and 99% of the electricity its battery is charged with will not be generated from oil.
via United States Energy Security Council
Thx to Steven Witt
Keep reading – California launches a statewide network of charging stations for electric vehicles
The following chart shows U.S. petroleum and gasoline usage for the same three-month period (Dec-Feb) going back to 1992.
Note that petroleum usage is back to 1995 levels, and gasoline usage is back to 2001 윤고딕 서체 다운로드.
Chart via Global Economic Analysis – (thx to Steven Witt for the tip)
This graph highlights a continuing U.S 웃음소리 효과음 다운로드. trend where oil imports have also dropped to 13 year lows, and we are importing less than half of our oil 다운로드.