Percent of total U.S. energy consumption by source in 2006.
Breakdown of electricity sources (2006)
Source: National Academy of Science
Somehow, I can’t enlarge these graphics, and they are tiny.
Thanks for catching this, Susan. Try it now. It should enlarge.
There are huge discrepancies between the percentages shown in the large pie chart and the much smaller pie chart. Why?
Thanks for your question. The captions don’t quite line up, but the difference is that the smaller one is total energy consumption in the entire U.S. by energy source. The one on the right is the breakdown of electricity generation. In other words, nuclear energy provides 8% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. Since it is only used for electricity generation, it can be seen that 19.4% of electricity is generated via nuclear fission. I hope this makes sense.
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