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

Do we depend more on coal or less?

Grade level: 4th – 6th grades

Skills: Bar graphs 

Related environmental issues: Climate Change

 

The United States depends on coal for electricity generation. When burned, coal emits carbon dioxide (CO2).  Reducing the use of coal helps a lot to reduce CO2 emissions from the nation.  The bar graph below shows the amount of electricity the United States generated from burning coal over the last 10 years.

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  1. In what year did the United States generate the largest amount of electricity from coal?
  2. In what year did the United States generate as much electricity from coal as that in 2011?
  3. In what year did the United States generate the least amount of electricity from coal?
  4. How did the amount of electricity generated from coal change since 2009? Explain.
  5. Do you think the United States could reduce the amount of CO2 emissions since 2009? Why?

To match feature USA-UTILITIES/SOUTHERN

 

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2019. Electric Power Monthly, Table 1.1 Net Generation by Energy Source.

Photo: Carbon Tracker

 

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Answer keys

1. 2010

2. 2009

3. 2018

4. Answer may vary.

5. Answer may vary.