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Visualizing America’s Changing Energy Mix

Today’s chart plots data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to show America’s changing energy mix, along with their projected mix for 2030.

Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins points out that it shows the total amount of energy used each year, along with energy use per capita. It then breaks down each year’s energy supply by source, which provides another way for us to visualize the decline of coal use, the resurgence in natural gas, and the rise of renewable energy.

Energy use per capita is measured in “gallons of gasoline equivalent per day”, which we thought was easy to relate to. (For our metric friends, a U.S. gallon is just less than four litres.)


Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Interestingly, solar and wind only make up about 2% of energy today according to the EIA, and they are projected to combine for 6% by 2030.

Various organizations have criticized these numbers, suggesting that the EIA is not properly accounting for green energy in America – and that it actually supplies a much bigger part of the energy mix.

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Afghan officials: Taliban cut off accused thief’s hand, foot

Associated Press
Tue, 2017-03-14

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan officials say that the Taliban have carried out another brutal punishment by cutting off a suspected thief’s hand and foot in public.
The young man was accused of robbery in a remote area in western Herat province that is controlled by the insurgents.
Provincial spokesman Gulam Jilani Farhad says the incident happened on Monday in Obe district. He says the young man mutilated by the Taliban, Ghulam Farooq, is now being treated at the Herat hospital and that his condition is not life-threatening.
District police chief Shir Agha Alkozai says he blames the Taliban but had no further details.
Taliban spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment. Incidents of public punishment by the Taliban are common, especially in areas under their control.

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