Energy is, of course, what keeps America - and the rest of the world - running. It's also the source of political debate all the way from drilling in Alaska to windfarming in Massachusetts.
To dive into the nitty gritty of those debates, also see our our fossil fuel, alternative energy and nuclear power pages.
But first, the lay of the energy fields...
where our energy comes from - and what it's used for
How much energy we're using:
over the years
Relative costs of different energies
per million Btu (2002) (EIA):
Natural gas: $5.27
Nuclear fuel: $0.44
per Kilowatt hour (2009) (NYT):
Coal: 8 cents
Natural gas: 11 cents
Nuclear: 11 cents
Wind 10 - 12 cents (depending on whether a plant needs back up energy source for unwindy days)
Where the facts are from:
EIA - Energy Information Administration - government site
NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - government site
DOE - Department of Energy - government site
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