August 5, 2013
The US Energy Picture: A Backgrounder

American energy comes from an array of different resources — the fossil fuels of oil, gas and coal, as well as nuclear and renewables. We can compare these energy sources and measure our total consumption, even though energy end-uses are diverse and dissimilar.

At the moment, fossil fuels make up the lion’s share of our energy consumption, but it hasn’t always been that way. Wood and water fueled America up until the end of the 19th century, when coal took off as the latest and greatest energy source. Since then, carbon-intensive coal has been supplanted by oil and gas and coal’s importance is on the wane in this country; the vast majority of coal-fired power plants are over thirty years old.
Over time, the energy picture has only become more complex and chaotic, with fossil fuels of all kinds now battling it out with renewables and nuclear to fuel America.
Read more. [Image: National Archives]

The US Energy Picture: A Backgrounder

American energy comes from an array of different resources — the fossil fuels of oil, gas and coal, as well as nuclear and renewables. We can compare these energy sources and measure our total consumption, even though energy end-uses are diverse and dissimilar.

At the moment, fossil fuels make up the lion’s share of our energy consumption, but it hasn’t always been that wayWood and water fueled America up until the end of the 19th century, when coal took off as the latest and greatest energy source. Since then, carbon-intensive coal has been supplanted by oil and gas and coal’s importance is on the wane in this country; the vast majority of coal-fired power plants are over thirty years old.

Over time, the energy picture has only become more complex and chaotic, with fossil fuels of all kinds now battling it out with renewables and nuclear to fuel America.

Read more. [Image: National Archives]

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