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Energy IQ, Day 1: Meeting Future Energy Demand

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 29, 2009

Looking ahead to the future, there's no doubt that we'll need more energy in the United States and around the world. Given expected global economic and population growth, time and again economists have said that energy efficiency improvements alone will not be enough to meet this future demand.

With this in mind, can you answer this question?

According to 2008 government projections, about what percent of global energy demand in 2030 will be met by fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal?

Test your Energy IQ to answer this question and others, and watch the video below to see what other people thought about the role of fossil fuels in future energy demand.

It's important to note that in the survey, only 10 percent of respondents answered correctly, acknowledging that fossil fuels will meet 85 percent of this demand. So while Americans understand that we need more energy to grow our economy, they continue to underestimate the amount of oil and natural gas we'll need in years to come.

Check back tomorrow for another question to test your energy knowledge.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.