Posted March 11, 2016
Ethylene is in the polyvinyl chloride tubing of the stethoscope. The plastic in the sharps box, the IV bag and the otoscope caps more than likely is made of petroleum-based chemicals. Same for the bottle that holds the Betadine – itself containing N-vinylpyrrolidone, made from acetylene, derived from oil. The filtering layer in the face masks may include polypropylene, another oil byproduct.
That’s just a quick spin around one exam room. Medical tools and technologies – from computer software to X-ray machines to ventilators to defibrillators and more – plus the power to run them and the high-tech facilities that house them, depend on energy.
Posted March 3, 2016
Posted February 24, 2016
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the U.S. freight rail network stretches 140,000 rail miles. It’s the arterial system of a $60 billion industry that deployed 25,000 locomotives and 374,000 freight cars in 2013 (last data year available), according to the U.S. Energy Department. This system accounted for more than 1.7 billion tons-originated of freight. It’s big. It has to be.
Posted February 19, 2016
When Thomas Edison started building electric power plants in the 1880s, he declared he wanted to “light up the world.” That goal seemed breathtakingly ambitious – some even worried electricity was only a passing fad. In retrospect, however, Edison’s vision barely scratched the surface of electricity’s potential. In a 21st century world, our society, our economy – our fundamental way of life – is powered by electricity.
Posted February 11, 2016
We should not overlook the energy that makes Valentine’s Day events and tokens of affection possible. Valentine’s Day energy use crosses a number of sectors – including residential, commercial and industrial. From greeting cards to that romantic night out, here’s how energy plays its role…
Posted February 3, 2016
Imagine a mother reading a story to her child. They’re snuggled up in a chair, the soft lamplight illuminating their storybook as a cold winter wind blows outside the window.
It’s a scene we often take for granted – a book, the light to read it by and a warm, comfortable home – yet all exist because of energy.