critical issues

Nuclear Energy Basics

Why does nuclear energy matter?

The United States has used nuclear power since the mid-20th century. Nuclear energy makes up around 20% of U.S. electricity supply. There are currently 98 commercial nuclear reactors operating at 60 nuclear power plants in thirty states.[1][2]

Geothermal Energy Basics

Why does geothermal matter?

In 2017, only 0.4% of U.S. electricity came from geothermal energy sources,[3] but the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that geothermal energy could generate more than 10% of the nation’s electricity.[4] While geothermal has historically been limited to western states with shallow hot water reservoirs, enhanced geothermal systems may make it possible to extract geothermal energy from hot, dry rocks throughout the country.

Coal Basics

Why does coal matter?

The United States has more estimated recoverable coal reserves than any other nation except China and is a net exporter of coal. In 2017, coal provided 30% of the electricity consumed across the country, and 93% of coal consumed in the United States was used to generate electricity.[3]

Weather Hazards Basics

Why do weather hazards matter?

Weather hazards impact the entire country, with enormous effects on the economy and public safety. Since 1980, weather/climate disasters have cost the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion.[1] Several billion-dollar weather/climate disasters affect the United States in an average year.[2]

Interactive map of mineral resources and mines across the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Resources Data System catalogs information about mineral resources around the United States and the world. Using the map tool, users can zoom in to obtain reports and data on past and present mines, mine prospects, and processing plants.

All of the data can be downloaded for further use and analysis.


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