How does your energy knowledge rate?

Question 1: Various countries and organizations have placed sanctions on which of the following oil-producing countries?

a) Sudan and Libya

b) Iraq and Syria

c) All of the above

d) None of the above


Question 2: During this winter’s heating season (October 2000 through March 2001), households that use natural gas for space heating will pay how much for their gas compared to last year?

a) They will pay about 10 percent less

b) They will pay about 40 percent more

c) They will pay about 60 percent more

d) They will pay about double


Question 3: In 1999, the U.S. coal industry experienced a rare decline in coal production, due to:

a) A drop in coal exports

b) A surge in nuclear power generation

c) Unseasonably mild weather

d) All of the above


Question 4: Which state employed the highest number of coal miners in 1998?

a) Alabama

b) Kentucky

c) West Virginia

d) Wyoming


Question 5: In 1994, U.S. households used a total of how many vehicles?

a) Less than 160 million

b) Approximately 200 million

c) Approximately 240 million

d) More than 300 million


Question 6: Since November 2000, crude oil prices have:

a) Risen gradually

b) Declined sharply

c) Held steady

d) Gone through the roof


Question 7: What is methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)?

a) A car emissions component

b) A fossil fuel combustion emission

c) A human-caused greenhouse gas emission

d) A chemical compound added to gasoline


Question 8: Which major federal legislation has shaped the electric power industry?

a) Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA)

b) Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA)

c) Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT)

d) All of the above


Question 9: Which of the following statements concerning propane is incorrect?

a) There are three types of storage for propane inventories (stocks)

b) Warmer-than-normal weather can put extra pressure on propane prices

c) The largest alternative fuel in use today for transportation is propane

d) Propane is a by-product of two other processes (natural gas processing and petroleum refining)


Question 10: In 1990, 15 percent of households used waterbed heaters. Data for 1997 show the following:

a) Nobody uses waterbed heaters anymore

b) The use of waterbed heaters has doubled

c) The use of waterbed heaters has declined

d) The use of waterbed heaters has tripled


How did you do on the energy quiz?


1. c

Sanctions have been placed on several major oil-producing countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria. The U.S. Treasury Department’s office of foreign assets control maintains a complete list of U.S. sanctions. In addition, Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have faced energy sanctions by the European Union and the United States, among others.


2. b

The 53 percent of U.S. households that use natural gas for space heating can expect substantially higher gas bills this winter heating season compared with last season.

The Energy Information Administration estimates that a typical household will pay about 44 percent more this winter, due mainly to higher natural gas prices and a higher gas use because of the return to colder weather following last year’s relatively mild winter.


3. d

In 1999, the coal industry experienced a rare decline in coal production, due to an extraordinary drop in coal exports, a surge in nuclear power generation, and unseasonably mild weather.


4. b.

Kentucky has 18,025 coal miners; next highest state is West Virginia, with 17,167 coal miners


5. a

U.S. households used a fleet of nearly 157 million vehicles in 1994.


6. b

Since the end of November, crude oil prices have fallen sharply (the average price for West Texas Intermediate was $34.30 per barrel in November and $28.40 in December).


7. d

Methyl tertiary butyl ether is a chemical compound used as a blending component in gasoline. Since 1979 it has been used to boost the octane of gasoline to prevent “engine knock.”


8. d

All of those acts have shaped the electric power industry.


9. b

Colder-than-normal weather can put extra pressure on propane prices.


10. c

The use of waterbed heaters declined to 8 percent of households in 1997.

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