Some use the terms power and energy interchangeably... However, these terms represent very different, but related concepts. Power is the rate at which energy is consumed, expressed in watts or kilowatts. Energy is the amount of power consumed, expressed in watt-hours or kilowatt-hours (kWh). To understand energy use, and consequently our utility bills, we must factor in the amount of power devices and appliances use and how long we use them. Let’s look at the example of a typical light fixture outside your front door with a 60 watt light bulb. Sixty watts is the amount of power the lamp consumes, or the rate at which the lamp uses energy. If you run a 60…
While offshore oil and gas drilling is the slowest, dirtiest, most hazardous and expensive way to produce energy - investing in clean energy would create four times as many jobs as investing the same amount of money in oil. We need energy efficiency coupled with new, advanced, sophisticated, clean renewable energy technologies such as solar energy. What we can do is thank Florida Senators Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson for their continued strong opposition to drilling and spilling oil on America’s best beaches, drilling that would ruin our state’s number one economic resource: our beach sand. People in other states can help by getting their Senators…
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (April 2010) speaks for itself... As of this writing, the spill is increasing in size exponentially and it is sure to be one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history. The explosion resulted in the tragic loss of life and as the days unfold we will see the true extent of the ravage that oil can wreak on the environment.
It is generally agreed upon that oil production follows a bell curve. Oil is increasingly plentiful on the upslope of the bell curve, increasingly scarce and expensive on the down slope. The peak of the curve coincides with the point at which the oil has been 50 percent depleted. Therefore, oil will not just "run out" immediately but will become increasingly scarce. This is true whether we're talking about an individual field, a country, or on the planet as a whole. Many projections of Peak Oil have it within the past five years and once the peak is passed, oil…

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