Environmental Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Energy Information Administration, Environmental Defense
Research Date: August 1st, 2014
We know power plants have a heavy impact on the environment, but just how much pollution are we putting into the environment?
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Environmental Statistics Data
Metric tons of CO2 emitted each year by U.S. cars and trucks 314
Average number of ocean water oil spills each day 27
Number of cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. 250 Million
Number of acres of land paved annually 1.3 Million
Pounds of chemical pesticides used on residential lawns annually 80 Million
Tons of fertilizer used annually 70 Million
Percent of U.S. land that is forest area 33.08 %
Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) Statistics Percent
Percent of GHG made up of CO2 95 %
Percent of GHG made up of methane 4 %
Percent of GHG made up of nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases 1 %
Facilities Producing Carbon Dioxide Equivalent mmtCO2e Data
Tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mmtCO2e) emitted by power plants annually 2,324
Tons of mmtCO2e emitted by petroleum refineries annually 183
Number of U.S. facilities with emissions over 7 mmtCO2e 100
U.S. Energy Usage Statistics Data
Gigawatt hours of electricity used annually 3,771,908
Percent of electricy generated from Coal-Fired power plants 48%
Percent of electricy generated from Liquid Petroleum plants 6 %
Percent of electricy generated from Natural Gas energy producers 21%
Percent of electricy generated from Nuclear power plants 19
Percent of electricy generated from Conventional Hydroelectric turbines 5%
Percent of electricy generated from Solor, Wind, and Geo-Thermal energy 1%

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