Fossil Fuel Production:
Facts and Statistics
Since 1995, oil prices have gone up 350% at times, and has not dropped down that much!
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: Solar panels have dropped 99% from 1985 to 2013, and that 2013 price dropped 86% from 2013 to 2017. Dropping prices, or raising prices? I'll let you choose.
Fossil fuels have no tax credits
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: Most types of renewable, clean energy have government tax credits. Less money? I'll take that any day!
Since 2000, coal prices have gone up over 400% at times and has not dropped down that much!
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: Solar panels have dropped 99% from 1985 to 2013, and that 2013 price dropped 86% from 2013 to 2017. This also makes it easier for the lower class to get electricity from solar and wind farms.
There are 131,000 tWh of fossil fuel production. The world has 168,516 tWh in total. That means that fossil fuels make up approximately 77.7% of the total world energy.
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: Renewable energy makes up just under 20% of the total world energy production, at 37 tWh, or about 22% of the total energy production. The rest is produced by nuclear.
China, America, and Russia are the three largest producers of fossil fuel-powered energy. However, there are also regions in some of these countries that are leading the charge in renewable energy (California).
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: Albania, Iceland, and Paraguay all generate their energy from essentially 100% renewable energy.
The dirtiest fossil fuel, tar sands, produces 385 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every 1 mWh. It also produces the potent greenhouse gas, methane, in large numbers.
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: The dirtiest renewable energy (this is the only renewable energy that produces a large amount of greenhouse gases), bioenergy, produces 59 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every 1 mWh. That is an 84.7% decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide produced. Bioenergy produces no methane.
The cleanest fossil fuel, natural gas, produces 202 kg of carbon dioxide for every mWh.
CLEAN ENERGY SIDE: The cleanest renewable energy, solar thermal energy, produces 0 kg of carbon dioxide for every 1 mWh. That is a 100% decrease in fossil fuel emissions.
Fossil fuels, ranked from highest emissions to lowest emissions
Coal - 385 kg of CO2 per mWh
Tar Sands - 385 kg of CO2 per mWh
Diesel Oil - 267 kg of CO2 per mWh
Crude Oil - 264 kg of CO2 per mWh
Shale Oil - 264 kg of CO2 per mWh
Natural Gas - 202 kg of CO2 per mWh
Fossil fuel uses
45.3% gasoline for use in automobiles
29.8% heating oil and diesel fuels
19.4% other products, including those derived from petroleum for the manufacturing of chemicals, synthetic rubber, and plastics.
9.7% jet fuel
35% Electric Power
67% Electric Power