young protesters demand an end of the age of fossil fuels — Has the fossil fuels production decreased in the United States?

Grade level: 4th – 6th grades

Skills: Line graphs 

Related environmental issues: Energy & Climate Change

 

To ask for immediate action on climate change, millions of young people and adults around the world skipped school and work and participated in protests on September 20, 2019. They demanded an end to the age of fossil fuels.

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[Photo] Young protesters in New York City

The line graph below shows the amount of fossil fuels produced in the United States between 2000 and 2018.

 

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  1. In what year did the United States produce the largest amount of fossil fuels?
  2. In what year did the United States produce the least amount of fossil fuels?
  3. Between what two consecutive years, did the fossil fuel production drop significantly?
  4. Between what wo consecutive years, did the fossil fuel production increase significantly?
  5. Has the fossil fuel production in the United States decreased or increased over the years?

 

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Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2019. Energy Overview, Table 1.1 Primary Energy overview.

 

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Answer keys

1. 2018

2. 2005

3. between 2015 and 2016

4. between 2013 and 2014 and between 2017 and 2018

5. Increased

What state generates the third largest amount of electricity from wind in the United States?

Grade level: 4th – 6th grades

Skills: Number comparison / Subtraction (4-digit numbers)

Related environmental issues: Energy

The map below shows the top 5 states that generate the largest amount of electricity from wind.

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  1.  What state generates the largest amount of electricity from wind in the United States?
  2. What state generates the third largest amount of electricity from wind in the United States?
  3. How much more electricity does Iowa generate from wind than California?
  4. How much more electricity does Oklahoma generate from wind than Kansas?

 

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Answer keys

  1. Texas
  2. Oklahoma
  3. 2,537 MW (8,422 – 5,885 = 2,537)
  4. 2,409MW (8,072 – 5,663 = 2,409)