The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that we use about 20% of the planet’s remaining available natural resources, and our energy system is heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
According to a report released Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), more than half of all U.P. energy consumption is driven by the combustion of coal, oil and natural gas, and that we rely on oil for a quarter of our transportation fuels.
And the United States has been using nearly three times more oil than it needs to produce electricity since 2012.
The report said we have a growing, rapidly-growing dependency on petroleum.
“As the energy mix shifts from fossil fuels to renewables, we’ll see a dramatic increase in the amount of energy we use in the future, said Matt McLean, the EIA’s energy program director.
“The EIA reports that, even after accounting for oil’s decline, we’re already on track to increase our dependence on petroleum by nearly half by 2050. “
This trend of growing dependence on oil and other fossil fuels is one of the biggest drivers of climate change,” McLean said.
“The EIA reports that, even after accounting for oil’s decline, we’re already on track to increase our dependence on petroleum by nearly half by 2050.
The EIE report also found that the United Kingdom is projected to consume about three times as much energy per capita as the U