Worldwide fossil fuel consumption set a new record in 2015

June 10, 2016 by  
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Two global energy records were broken in 2015. On one hand, the amount of renewable energy produced worldwide has never been higher than it was last year. But, one step forward is met with two steps back as reports show we also consumed more fossil fuels in 2015 than ever before. The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report reflected a big step in the right direction, as renewable forms of energy continue to grow. BP’s Statistical Review , however, revealed an ugly truth about our fossil fuel consumption, which grew 0.6 percent since last year. While coal production went down one percent, petroleum and natural gas production went up. The seemingly small percentage increase is actually a big one when considering it amounts to 127 million metric tons of fossil fuels. Related: San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy Carbon dioxide emissions, naturally, have also increased 36 million metric tons between 2014 and 2015. Sadly, this counts as the sixth year in a row these numbers have increased. A closer look shows the increases have been a bit smaller over the last few years, but an increase is an increase, nonetheless. U.S. oil production accounts for much of the rise worldwide, steadily growing for the third straight year, according to Forbes . Oil production has apparently not been this high since 2008. In fact, the U.S. can enjoy its spot at the top of the list of crude oil producers worldwide, with Saudi Arabia coming in second place. Via Forbes Images via Pixabay , Flickr

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U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

July 20, 2015 by  
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Not only is clean energy on its way in, coal plants are on their way out. This week the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal project celebrated the announcement that the 200th coal plant has shut down since 2010. That may not sound significant, but 200 out of 535 US coal plants is a big deal, since it equates to 40 percent of production. It is also a sign that we are closer than ever to making clean energy the norm. Read the rest of U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

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Feds Lease Lots of Wyoming Coal & Grossly Inflate Projected Revenue From It

March 28, 2011 by  
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photo: Doc Searls / Creative Commons Last week US Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced that a large swath of land in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin was up for lease for coal production , enough in fact to expand the nation’s greatest coal producing region’s output by 758 million tons.

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Planned West Coast Port Expansions Would Enable Asia To Import More US Coal

December 16, 2010 by  
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Coal train.

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Fish Thought to Be Extinct for 70 Years Rediscovered

December 16, 2010 by  
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Photo credit: skyseeker / Creative Commons In 1940, a hydroelectric dam was constructed in northern Akita Prefecture, Japan.

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