An analysis of the Bush “surge” in Iraq
â€œJodl! Is Paris burning?â€
Aug. 25, 1944
The United States makes up about 5 percent of the Earthâ€™s population, but as an aggregate we burn more than 25 percent of its fossil energy. Thatâ€™s roughly true of all three main forms of fossil energyâ€”oil, natural gas and coal.
The coal we get mainly by having West Virginians surrender their mountains, where coal operators now lop the tops off those mountains to get at the seams of coal and dump the rubble into nearby watercourses. Thatâ€™s what we do for most of our electricity. Canada sells us most of the natural gas we import … nearly 90 percent in fact.