08 Apr '11, 1am

Chart of US Energy Use Reveals Herculean Effort Needed to Ditch Oil, Coal : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Chart of US Energy Use Reveals Herculean Effort Needed to Ditch Oil, Coal : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Many of you are roughly aware of what our nation's energy mix looks like, though different charts tell different tales. If you look at straight-up electrical generation, coal accounts for almost half. The chart above, put together by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory , shows the total energy usage for 2009 -- and as you can see, our energy mix is comprised of plenty of oil, coal, and natural gas, and, as Dave Roberts says , a "rounding error"'s worth of clean energy. Also disturbing is the amount of energy we waste. Yes, over half the energy we generate is 'rejected', or lost -- that's the stuff that falls into that gray tube up in the top right. Ain't that a shame?

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/chart-us-energy-u...

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