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Fossil Fuel

This nation's independence on fossil fuel is a problem just about any way you look at it. Fossils fuels are a finite and diminishing resource when viewed in any timeframe relevant to human life. Many renewable fuels, though they are a small part of the energy equation currently, are relatively unlimited when measured by timeframes that are immediately relevant to human life, such as years and generations.

In 2007 the global economy consumed, on average, over 85 million barrels of oil per day. Forecasts for 2008 are pointing upwards of 87 million barrels per day. That's 3.6 million barrels per hour, 60,417 barrels per minute, 1,007 barrels per second. The US alone accounts for roughly one quarter of this consumption (20.7 million barrels per day in 2007).

Top World Oil Producers, 2006
(thousand barrels per day)
Rank Country Production
1 Saudi Arabia 10,665
2 Russia 9,677
3 United States 8,331
4 Iran 4,148
5 China 3,845
6 Mexico 3,707
7 Canada 3,288
8 United Arab Emirates 2,945
9 Venezuela 2,803
10 Norway 2,786
11 Kuwait 2,675
12 Nigeria 2,443
13 Brazil 2,166
14 Algeria 2,122
15 Iraq 2,008
Top World Oil Consumers, 2006
(thousand barrels per day)
Rank Country Consumption
1 United States 20,687
2 China 7,273
3 Japan 5,159
4 Russia 2,920
5 Germany 2,665
6 India 2,587
7 Canada 2,252
8 Brazil 2,231
9 Korea, South 2,174
10 Saudi Arabia 2,139
11 Mexico 1,997
12 France 1,961
13 United Kingdom 1,830
14 Italy 1,732
15 Iran 1,662
This data paints a particularly disturbing picture for anyone concerned about our reliance on imported energy.
Confluence Energy is committed to being a positive part of the inevitable change that must occur to free us of reliance on imports from volatile regions of the world. We are also committed to changing the carbon footprint of fuel usage. As everyone at this point already knows, when fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide that had been near-permanently sequestered by ancient life forms is release into the atmosphere, contributing to a greenhouse effect. When wood pellets are burned, carbon dioxide is emitted, but this is the same carbon dioxide that would be emitted had the biomass been left on the forest floor to rot or burn. Additionally, new tree growth re-sequesters this carbon dioxide in a continuous cycle.