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By 2040, the world’s population will increase by about two billion. How much energy will we need to power this growth?
This article appeared in Vol. 11, No. 3 - 2015


Did you know that China is the world’s leading coal producer? No? But that’s the truth; China is responsible for about 45% of the world’s coal supply, while the US produces only 12%. It is also true that coal provided more than 25% of the world’s energy in 2012. This is why the use of coal in power generation remains a significant challenge to greenhouse gas emissions.

Checking the ExxonMobil Energy Quiz is a simple way to get updated on some basic facts about the energy industry. Oil and gas is not only used as energy. Did you know that chemical products derived from petroleum products – from building materials to cars to medical equipment to clothing – are found in 96% of all consumer goods? These are some of the facts that are provided by the ExxonMobil Energy Quiz. The quiz is grouped into four topics: People and Energy; Energy Resources; Using Energy; and Saving Energy. Each item has five questions with three alternatives, and after making your choice, you get the answer with up to date information and links to other websites for further information. This is good fun if you have five minutes to spare. It is also quite educational, as most of us will be surprised by some of the answers.

Did you know, for example, that 1.3 billion people live without electricity today? Without it, ‘economies can’t grow, literacy and numeracy rates suffer, health clinics can’t function and communications can’t get through’. The Energy Quiz also confirms that China will be growing faster than any other country over the next three decades, outpacing the United States. China alone will account for more than 20% of the world’s total economic growth.

And as we all know, the US uses the most energy per person. Wrong! Iceland is the correct answer, because colder countries tend to use more energy to heat homes and buildings, according to the Quiz. But China is the biggest user of energy overall, having surpassed the US in 2010.

Search for ExxonMobil Energy Quiz – and have fun!


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