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How many fossils to power a house?

This video for Minute Physics, by Robert Krulwich and Nate Milton, helps put into perspective just how much energy our current lifestyle consumes. It explores how much fossil fuels we use for things like powering a home or driving a car (an inch of car driving requires 20 billion phytoplankton) and looks at what that meant in terms of actual plants and animals required to make that lump of coal or tank of gas. Every year, humanity uses 100x the biomass currently alive on earth today. It takes 100 earths to power this earth. Does that sound sustainable to you? Check out the video: 

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