Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Great Energy Graphic 2013: Americans using more energy according to Lawrence Livermore analysis

joyful day - we get the 2013 version of a great U.S. energy graphic ... along with a blurb

Americans using more energy according to Lawrence Livermore analysis:
Graphic from source article - view high res
Americans used more renewable, fossil and even nuclear energy in 2013, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Overall, Americans used 2.3 quadrillion thermal units more in 2013 than the previous year.
The Laboratory also has released a companion chart illustrating the nation's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Americans' carbon dioxide emissions increased to 5,390 million metric tons, the first annual increase since 2010.
I will note, if you read the full article you'll encounter this incorrect statement:
The majority of energy use in 2013 was used for electricity generation...
It was not, the greatest use of any category they use was electricity generation, but petroleum and natural gas accounted for 61.7 of the 97.4 quads, and of that only 8.34 were used in generating electricity.  The majority of energy charted was oil and gas use in heating, industry and transportation.

There article includes a link to the energy flow graphics for each of the past 6 years - 2013 remains below the level of 2008, despite the increase from 2012.


  1. Thanks for the link. A few month's ago I was trying to remember where I'd seen that graph (from last year).

    Do you know if there is anything similar to this for Canada or other countries besides the US?
    It's the kind of basic presentation that is easy for to understand, and yet very important in evaluating policies.

  2. I don't know. I think Ontario's environmental commissioner touched on it in one report, and Statistics Canada has data, but not that I've seen presented in a graphic like this.

    I did pull some figures and it looks from Stat Can's CANSIM table 128-0016, and dropped a query's output into this google spreadsheet. The data isn't comparable, and I don't trust it, but it's interesting how significant exports are - which is, as I understand it, a real barrier in international agreements (ie. we use a lot of energy extracting energy for exports)

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  4. Now a more mainstream publication puts the blame for air quality problems being experience in Europe on diesel-powered cars:

    'Today's pollution mix is different from that which plagued Britain 70 years ago. The historic culprit was coal burnt in homes and factories; you could smell it and see it in the tiny bits of carbon or unburned fuel that collected on clothes.

    But the pollution now is colourless, odourless and tasteless, and mainly comes in particles so small they can pass through face masks. Traffic, especially diesel engines, is the predominate pollution source in cities.

    One reason for the increased pollution is that there are now far more diesel cars. Numbers have increased across Europe by 35% since 1990 and, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers, more than 50% of all cars registered in Britain are now diesel, up from 23% in 2002. One reason for this is that cities and governments give tax incentives for diesels.

    What worries medical researchers at Kings college, London, is that the air is now full of nano-sized pollution particles that interact with gaseous co-pollutants and get deep into the body. The more that air pollution from traffic is researched, the more dangerous it appears to be. Last year the World Health Organisation accepted that air pollution could cause cancers. Last month it doubled its estimate of how many people die yearly from this cause. More than seven million deaths, or one in eight of all deaths, are linked to it."


  5. Saw something similar for Canada today at