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Energy & Environment

We are producing more energy than ever.

Fossil fuel production has grown, largely due to a 69% increase in natural gas production since 1980 despite an 18% decrease in coal production. Nuclear and renewable energy production has increased 147% since 1980 and now makes up 21% of energy production.

Energy & Environment

Energy consumption per person in 2018 was 11% lower than in 2000.

However, it has increased from 2017.

Energy & Environment

The share of our energy consumption from nuclear and renewable sources has nearly doubled since 1980.

Fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas, and coal) continue to account for 80% of our energy consumption.

Energy & Environment

We are emitting less greenhouse gases per person than in 1990.

In 2017, the US made up 14% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and emitted more metric tons of carbon dioxide (5.1 billion metric tons) than any country in the world other than China (10.4 billion metric tons).

Energy & Environment

We import 17% more energy than we export.

We import 25% of the energy we consume; in 1980 we imported 20%.

Energy & Environment

Last decade averaged twelve $1 billion natural disasters per year.

The 2000s averaged six per year.

Energy & Environment

Wildfires burned an average of 7 million acres of land per year last decade.

That's 2% higher than the annual average in the 2000s, and more than twice the annual average in the 1990s.

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