10 Dec 2011

Try your hand at National Geographic’s 2011 Energy News Quiz

Written by aspowell

Time for something different  . . .  from a source you may not be familiar with, at least about energy: hat’s off to National Geographic magazine.

Try your own hand at these 10 questions, without searching for the answers.

“Great Energy Challenge” 2011 News Quiz questions (answers at the end of this post):

1. How much did the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s electric power supply drop after the March 11 Tohuku earthquake and tsunami?

20%; 30%; 40%; or 50%

2. By 2035, how much of the United States’ natural gas supply will come from hydraulic fracturing of shale, according to U.S. government energy forecasters?

36%; 46%; 56% or 66% ?

3. Libya’s rebellion and the resulting curtailment of exports was blamed in part for rising global oil prices in 2011. How much of the world’s petroleum production did Libya contribute before the conflict?

1%; 2%; 10% or 20%

4. What was the innovation for which Solyndra was known before its bankruptcy, which put U.S. taxpayers on the hook due to a $535 million federal government loan guarantee?

a) Thin film planes that cost substantially less than conventional photovoltaics

b) Innovative financing arrangements that resulted in immediate payback to customers

c) Cylindrical panels that capture reflected as well as direct sunlight

d) Panels that use lenses to concentrate light and require fewer photovoltaic cells

5. Some of the biggest electric companies in the U.S. announced plans to shut down aging coal power plants in 2011. What factor was NOT among the reasons cited for the pullback from coal?

a) Competition from low-priced natural gas

b) Pressure from local residents

c) Pending federal regulations to control smog, mercury, other pollutants and water intake

c) Pending national cap-and-trade program to control greenhouse gas emissions

6. All of the following countries moved to cut government subsidies to renewable energy in 2011 EXCEPT:

Germany; United Kingdom: The Netherlands; or China

7. China’s energy demand edged past U.S. demand in 2010. By 2035, how will China’s consumption compare to that of the United States, by International Energy Agency projections?

Will be about the same; 28 percent higher, 48 percent higher; or 68 percent higher

8. Following is a list of routes for new pipelines that have been proposed in North America. Which is the planned path of the Keystone XL Pipeline, on which the Obama administration has delayed a decision pending study of alternate routes?

a) Hardisty, Alberta to Nederland, Texas

b) Bradford County, PA to Sullivan County, PA

c) Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia

d) Williston Basin, North Dakota, to Baker, MT

9. In the U.S., Russia and Norway, there were moves in 2011 toward petroleum exploration in the Arctic. The area north of the Arctic Circle holds how much of the world’s undiscovered oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey?

6%; 13%; 16% or 33%

10. As of 2011, how many years does the world have to make a dramatic turnaround in policies to avoid severe impacts of climate change, in the view of the International Energy Agency?

5 years; 7 years; 10 years; or 20 years

Done! Congratulations, I hope. Reply with your (honest) score.  If I can confirm you’re a live person and you will attest to NOT using the Web or “Siri” on the iPhone 4s, we at The Energy Fix will congratulate you in a future blog post.

Answers: 1. 40%; 2. 46%;  3. 2%;  4. “Cylindrical panels … ;  5. “Pending national cap-and-trade program …;  6. China;   7. 68%;  8. Hardisty to . . . ;   9. 13%;  10. five years.

If you want a good test of your overall energy IQ, also from National Geographic, go here.

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