Americans have been using natural gas for decades. It fuels homes and factories, powers our appliances and goes into making products like antifreeze, medicine and explosives. Since 1949, its use and domestic production have risen each year.
The generating capacity of modern civilization's power grids might seen mighty, but it's nothing compared to the energy expended by forces of nature. Check out this amazing graphic, Mother Nature and the Grid: Nature's Power.
Rapidly advancing technology during the past few decades has changed how we work, how we entertain ourselves, and how we connect with one another. Now advances in technology promise to improve how we drive.
There's a short and long answer to this question, and they both start the same way. If you came looking for the short answer, a succinct, unequivocal 'No' will do. If you're interested in the longer one, you'll need the basic background info first.
For most people, electricity is a fairly abstract idea. It is produced somewhere far away, transported into our homes via lines that are ubiquitous to the point of being invisible, and switched on and off without second thought.
Alternative energy isn't so "alternative" anymore. It's in the news, on political platforms, atop roofs and filling gas tanks, and the options have grown enough to change the conversation: It's not whether we want it, but which kind we want.
Would you buy a home without functioning power outlets? We've come to depend on electric power for many of our day-to-day activities. What innovations have been made in the electric power industry? Keep reading to find out.