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.

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Energy & Environment

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

However, it has increased from 2017.

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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.

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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).

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Energy & Environment

We import 17% more energy than we export.

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

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Energy & Environment

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

The 2000s averaged six per year.

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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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