Skip to comments.Energy sources have changed throughout the history of the United States
Posted on 07/05/2013 5:10:58 AM PDT by thackney
Energy consumption patterns have changed significantly over the history of the United States as new energy sources have been developed and as uses of energy changed.
A typical American family from the time our country was founded used wood (a renewable energy source) as its primary energy source until the mid- to late-1800s. Early industrial growth was powered by water mills. Coal became dominant in the late 19th century before being overtaken by petroleum products in the middle of the last century, a time when natural gas usage also rose quickly.
Since the mid 20th century, use of coal has again increased (mainly as a primary energy source for electric power generation), and a new form of energynuclear electric poweremerged. After a pause in the 1970s, the use of petroleum and natural gas resumed growth, and the overall pattern of energy use since the late 20th century has remained fairly stable.
While the overall energy history of the United States is one of significant change as new forms of energy were developed, the three major fossil fuelspetroleum, natural gas, and coal, which together provided 87% of total U.S. primary energy over the past decadehave dominated the U.S. fuel mix for well over 100 years. Recent increases in the domestic production of petroleum liquids and natural gas have prompted shifts between the uses of fossil fuels (largely from coal-fired to natural gas-fired power generation), but the predominance of these three energy sources is likely to continue into the future.
EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013) Reference case, which assumes continuation of current laws, regulations, and policies, projects continued significant reliance on the three major fossil fuels through at least 2040, when they still supply more than three-quarters of the nation's overall primary energy consumption.
Cannabis was the oil in the engine of commerce and trade for millenniums before the steam age.
Of course, people CHOSE their energy sources before. Now, Our Benevolent Federal Masters want to do the choosing for them. . . .
Where’s the entry for LENR?
LENR is in the aisle with unicorns and pixie dust.
For Obama followers who believe Bush and Cheney destroyed all the working solar and wind power sources so they could build oil refineries and dig coal mines.
(The Energy Information Administration is another propaganda arm of the federal government)
It will get listed right after LENR producing energy for use. I suggest you don’t hold your breath waiting.
What part of the data do you believe incorrect?
I didn't say that any of it was incorrect.
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Pasture pizza? Field frisbees?
In my opinion, for US energy data, there is nothing that begins to come close to EIA. I find often when you did into the source of data for other reports from other sources, EIA is often the source for the data used.
I have followed them for many years, to learn what is going on, far longer than the current administration. I do see changes in emphasis in articles of “education”. But for historical data and the ability to make your own assumptions from past trends and current changes, they have no equal.
LENR is actually producing all the new gas and oil from a secret warehouse in a secret location from a secret formula.
“I have followed them for many years, to learn what is going on, far longer than the current administration. I do see changes in emphasis in articles of education. But for historical data and the ability to make your own assumptions from past trends and current changes, they have no equal”.
Do I hear a second? Not doubting, just asking, as you seem to be the reigning respected, Freerepublic energy guru. I have followed for years, and only recently become aware of your use of EIA as a respected source.
For data, not opinions, the worldwide equivalent is the International Energy Agency http://iea.org/
The data is not as current as the domestic data in EIA.DOE.gov. But the EIA as part of the Department of Energy, has the ability to force domestic energy companies to file detailed, timely reports.
The IEA’s Oil Market Report is very good. They get quite a fee for the detailed publication each month. However, after a two week delay they make that same report available for free.
Highlights are at:
This includes a link to the current free report, and archives of older ones available without charge.
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