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How Many BTUs?!

Posted by Alex | November 19th, 2010 | Filed under Environmental Change, Sustainability

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Every year, the US consumes about 100 Quadrillion (that’s twelve zeros, or a million billions) BTUs of energy. Wondering where all that energy comes from? Check out this handy infographic from our friends at GOOD, who took a look at why everything is bigger in Texas (including the energy consumption) and why New York might have the very lowest consumption per capita (Metrocard, anyone?)

For those taking climate change seriously, it’s an excellent primer on how we use our carbon-based energy economy—and where we need to focus on making change.

(via GOOD)

One Response to “How Many BTUs?!”

  • November 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Andrew says

    The authors indicate that mass transit is the primary reason that NY per capita consumption is low. Aren’t they overlooking simple population density and the reduced HVAC costs of multi-unit housing and smaller living space per capita, as well as reduced transportation costs for reasons other than mass transit?

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