Mother Jones, our friends and partners at Climate Desk, mapped out renewable energy usage by state and type of power, using the latest data from the federal Energy Information Administration. (Click here for the ineractive).
Which states use the most green energy?
California consumes the most solar power.
Texas consumes the most wind power.
Big winner overall in 2011: Washington state. (Sixty percent of Washington’s energy comes from hydroelectric dams).
What kind of renewable energy are we consuming nationally?
67 percent = hydro
25 percent = wind power
4.5 percent = geothermal power
3.5 percent = solar power
The range in resources between, say, California and Mississippi can be pretty stark. It can come down to a difference in industrial-scale power generation vs. rooftop solar panels.
Why the gap? Mother Jones explains:
The gap is partly explained by the relative size of states’ energy markets, but not entirely: Washington uses less power overall than New York, for example, but far outstrips it on renewables (the exact proportions won’t be available until EIA releases total state consumption figures later this month). Still, the actual availability of resources—how much sun shines or wind blows—is far less important than the marching orders passed down from statehouses to electric utilities, says Rhone Resch, head of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The idea behind the prison’s solitary confinement areas was to use sensory deprivation to reform inmates. The thought was that the isolation and quiet would free the innately good soul.
… [A]fter Mississippi had done away with solitary confinement, prison violence went down by 50 percent and the cost of incarceration went down as well.
“It was a wake-up call to all of us to take a hard look at it,” he says. “Maybe this just isn’t the best way to deal with these problems.
North Korean school boys play with an Associated Press photographer’s professional camera on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, while he snaps them on his smartphone using Instagram. In January foreign visitors were allowed to bring mobile phones into North Korea for the first time and this week the local service provider, Koryolink, is allowing foreigners to access the Internet on a data capable 3G connection on mobile phones.
Photograph: David Guttenfelder/AP