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One-quarter of all the energy in the United States is used to heat and cool homes and buildings, according to the U.S. Research and Development Administration.

According to the Federal Power Commission, the United States produced more than twice as much electricity as any other country in the world. Its closest competitor was the Soviet Union.

Over any given twenty four hour period, the fifty major hotels and gambling casinos in the Las Vegas area use 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to provide power for a city of some 35,000 inhabitants. The power used by these entertainment establishments simply to light their marquees could supply the electricity for more than 1,000 homes.

The average automobile traveling at 57 miles per hour gets only two-thirds the gas mileage of a car moving at 50 miles per hour.

The cost of fuel increased 182 percent between 1967 and 1977. Gas and electric costs have increased 110 percent.

The lighthouse in Creach d'Ouessant on the coast of Brittany in France gives out a light equal to that of 500 million candles, It would take 6,253,000 flashlights to make a light that bright.

In order to equal the amount of energy transmitted every day from the sun to the earth, it would be necessary to burn 550 billion tons of coal, more than could be mined (given present methods) in a thousand years.

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