Saturday, November 29, 2008

US Energy Mix - can we change it?

Here is an interesting chart in the development of the US energy mix since the 50s.

(Source: EAI)

Renewables clock in at about 7% only. Given the massive energy requirements of the US, it will be quite a ways before this can be covered by wind, solar, etc. But you can also see the incredible amount of carbon-producing sources we are burning through.

Now compare this to the world energy consumption per capita. There is a strong relationship between wealth and energy consumption:

So how much would a change in US energy policy matter? Well, the 5% of the world's population that lives in the U.S. has more environmental impact than the 51% that live in the other five largest countries. Quite an extraordinary leverage (an imbalance)...

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