How Does Your State Get Power?

Leaf and Core

The Washington Post recently created an interactive map of the United States, showing where electricity is produced in the U.S., how it’s produced, and even breaking down the medthods each state uses to get its power. You’ll be dismayed to find out that the U.S. is primarily powered by non-renewable sources of electricity, and those all create pollution of one kind or another. Coal, natural gas, and nuclear power are the primary sources of electricty in the U.S., and Hawaii uses a huge quantity of oil. You’d think a state created by a geothermic hotspot in the Pacific would be able to use geothermal or hydro power. Meanwhile, coal produces huge quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas behind climate change, natural gas produces less CO2 than coal, but it also produces methane, a greenhouse gas more dense than carbon dioxide. Nuclear power creates nuclear waste, and while impossibly small…

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