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Friday, March 29, 2013

US wastes half our energy, overall

The above clever chart gives a sense of how various energy sources are used in the U.S. It shows how tiny "alternative energy" is.

But it also shows how wasteful we are: Check those gray boxes on the right; about 55% of our energy is wasted.

I learned about this via Greentech Media, in a good article about the much-touted increases in American industrial efficiency.

The chart was compiled by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory using U.S. Energy Information Administration data.