Energy
Energy Literacy Quiz

Test your energy awareness by answering the quiz questions below. Many of the answers contain links to references, datasets or spreadsheets that can be used to further explore these topics.

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The information in this quiz has been reviewed by a scientist.

Most recent update to the data in this quiz: July 2021.
Wherever possible, links to current data are provided. Note that some of the data changes fairly rapidly.

1. Which forms of energy are ultimately derived from solar energy?
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2. About how much of the total energy use in the United States is supplied by renewable forms of energy?
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3. Which form of energy is currently causing the largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions, globally?
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4. How about in the United States - which type of energy is currently the leading emitter of greenhouse gases?

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5. The United States has reduced its greenhouse emissions by 12% from the peak in 2007. Which energy sector is the source for almost all of this emissions reduction?
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6. The biggest use of energy in the typical US home is:
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7. True or false: The primary solution for climate change is for individuals to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints.

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8. True or false: Wind turbines are a leading source of bird deaths
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Solar Thermal Tower

9. Which single technology can provide society with a seamless transition to cheap, safe and carbon-free energy?

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10. What uses more energy? Six hours of laptop use or making coffee?

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