Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Energy Perspectives

That is the title of Department of Energy PDF a coworker pointed me to. It covers various topics that are of national interest right now like historical consumption of various energy resources like coal, natural gas, oil, and petroleum.

One interesting chart is Figure 2, which shows the energy consumption per person in the US. The interesting part is that since 1970 the chart has essentially been flat. However energy consumption is increasing. From this I can only conclude that increased demand for energy in the US is not because people are demanding more and more, it is largely because of population growth.

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