06 Apr '11, 10pm

America’s energy use, in one nifty chart via @grist

America’s energy use, in one nifty chart via @grist

Periodically, it's nice to step back and get reacquainted with some energy basics. There's no better way to do it than with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's famed (or oughtta be famed) energy flow charts . Here's the most recent, from 2009 (click for larger version): Chart: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory I'm not going to ruin the pretty picture with a bunch of wonk talk. Just a few basic things that are worth noticing: 1. Holy sh*t we waste a lot of energy! I mean seriously. Look up there in the top right -- "rejected energy." Well over half of the raw energy that enters our economy goes to waste. That is a scandal. If we lived in a sane country, it would be the top item on the energy policy agenda. Instead Republicans ignore it entirely and Dems nibble at the margins. 2. Damn we use a lot of oil! And almost all of it goes to transportation. If we want to c...

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