The National Academies: What You Need To Know About Energy

The National Academies

What You Need To Know About Energy

As debates about energy grow more intense, Americans need dependable, objective, and authoritative energy information. The National Academies, advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, provide the facts about energy—a complex issue that affects us as individuals and as a nation.

Uses

Discover how the strength of American industry, speed of transportation, and countless modern conveniences all come from our ingenious use of energy.

Sources

The United States depends on a variety of energy sources. What advantages and challenges does each one present to our nation and its people?

Costs

Learn about the costs of our unprecedented standard of living—to the environment, to our national security, and to irreplaceable resources.

Efficiency

Increasing supply isn’t the only answer to a stable energy future. Discover how reducing demand through improved efficiency achieves the same effect.

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What do you know about energy?

How much of the world's CO2 is released by the United States?

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    Almost 20% of the world's CO2 is released by the United States.

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    Almost 20% of the world's CO2 is released by the United States.

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    Almost 20% of the world's CO2 is released by the United States.

Energy Defined

Cap and Trade

An approach to control emissions of a given pollutant by setting a limit, or "cap," on the total amount permitted to be released. Industries, utilities, and other groups are required to purchase, or may be given, "credits" that establish allowable quantities of emissions. Unused credits may be sold in a resulting market for trading emissions allowances.

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