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IEA says the U.S. will become an oil exporter by 2030…

Pumping for oil by Farhan Amoor

With the release of the IEA’s latest report, it is important to keep in mind the whole energy picture for America’s future. It’s clear that energy resilience will require more than just an increase in oil production…

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The coal industry faces steep challenges for the future

With its high carbon emissions and the low price of natural gas, it seems that coal-fired power is on its way to being phased out.

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What are fossil fuels?

I imagine some day hundreds of years from now, when a future humanoid describes the fossil fuel era, they may say something like this: Humans found the decomposed bodies of long dead organisms big and small buried under the ground. … Continue reading

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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