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EIA Launches Series to Explain Energy Topics in Plain Language

May 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy in Brief is a new series from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that explains energy topics using plain language. As the source of official energy statistics from the U.S. government, EIA provides the most accurate, policy-neutral energy data and analysis available. The new Energy in Brief series strives to make EIA information more accessible to energy novices.

"Energy education is a critical part of EIA's mission. At a time when American consumers face many energy-related challenges, it is more important than ever to provide the public with reliable energy information in a format that is useful and accessible by the widest possible audience," said EIA Administrator Guy Caruso.

Each Energy in Brief answers a question of importance to the public. The goal is not to be exhaustive but to clearly cover the main points. The briefs are designed to be visually-engaging Web pages that are also printer-friendly.

The articles just released address:

  • How dependent are we on foreign oil?
  • What are greenhouse gases and how much do we emit?
  • How much renewable energy do we use?
  • What is liquefied natural gas and what is its role as an energy source?

The Energy in Brief series is available on EIA's Web site at  

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