The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

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.