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Energy Depletion

Map No. 312

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This is a map of the depletion of some energy resources: coal, crude oil and natural gas. These fuels are so slow to form that for practical purposes they can be considered to be finite resources. Shown here is the fall in the financial value of resources due to current rates of fossil fuel extraction.

Territories that extract a lot, whether for internal consumption or export, have high 'energy depletion'. In absolute terms the United States has the highest depletion, followed by the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Per person rates are highest in Kuwait, followed by Saudi Arabia and Norway.

"Modern energy can greatly increase productivity - by providing lighting that extends the workday and powering machines that increase output and enabling households to engage in activities that generate income." World Coal Institute, 2007

Territory size shows the proportion of all annual energy depletion that occurred there. Energy depletion is the loss of potential future income at current prices due to current extraction of fossil fuels.


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