2010 - Chart of The Year

A picture says a thousand words. In this post you will find only charts and graphs conveying important points from the world of energy 2010.

Readers are invited to post their favorite charts from 2010 in the comments. Instructions are given at the end of this post. This is a charts only thread, no text at all (though posting links is OK), noncompliant posts will be deleted. An energy theme is preferred though other related themes such as economy, population, sustainability are acceptable. Climate charts that do not link directly to energy will be deleted.

Within a week or two TheOilDrum will host an open thread that will enable discussion of the charts posted, but today is New Year, discipline please - charts only. Thank you - and hopefully a happy 2011 to one and all.

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USA Auto sales



Early Warning

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Here's the same graph for Switzerland (download pdf and look at last page):

Gross Renewable Energy Sources vs. Consumption

Available renewable energy. The volume of the cubes represent the amount of available geothermal, hydropower, wind and solar energy in TW, although only a small portion is recoverable. The small red cube shows the proportional global energy consumption.

Saudi Arabia oil production vs consumption (Ref. BP)

From the front page of today's WSJ:

This figure shows the correlation between resource exports as a share of GDP for a number of countries and their GDP growth:


US Federal Deficit rises and hides fall in Real GDP

Crude Price Daily Cushing FOB Diff and MA

EIA IEO Oil Projections 2000-2010

World Oil Production Contract Increase Head Count 1965-2008

Ransom Note

Swedens energy supply.
From the bottom, oil, natural gas, coal, mostly soil biofuels, heat pumps, hydro power, nuclear including losses.

Energy supply for Sweden, blue is biofuels

Swedens government debt in giga sek , the next downslope is expected 2011.

Swedish government debt

Swedens government debt related to GNP in percent

Swedish government debt related to GNP

Sweden's use of fossil fuels for transports and GDP (=BNP in Swedish). Correlation 0.95.

West Virginia 1999-2008 Average Gross Domestic Product (GSP)

IFR = Integral fast reactors
MC = methane clathrate (maybe)

Here's an update of the first chart. At least for the US.


And ...

Not to mention . . .

Total contents of reservoirs on the Colorado River.
See hydro-power, irrigation, and water supply.
Powell at 63%
Mead at 39%
Total system at 56%


My projections for Freedom Fertilizer's (shameless plug) wind energy to NH3 fertilizer potential, along with world population growth

Economy and energy consumption: an identity, despite singularities. or the myth of energy efficiency improvements at global scale.

Deaths Per TWh for All Energy Sources

Deaths Per TWh for All Energy Sources

The world society proceeds in a traditional manner without any major deviation from the policies pursued during most of the twentieth century. Population and production increase until growth is halted by increasingly inaccessible non-renewable resources. Ever more investment is required to maintain resource flows. Finally, lack of investment funds in the other sectors of the economy leads to declining output of both industrial goods and services. As they fall, food and health services are reduced, decreasing life expectancy and raising average death rates.

From Limits To Growth: 30 year update

Yet, death rate now on apparent upswing:


Though not predicted to start increasing till ~2030

Years CDR Years CDR
1950-1955 19.5 2000-2005 8.6
1955-1960 17.3 2005-2010 8.5
1960-1965 15.5 2010-2015 8.3
1965-1970 13.2 2015-2020 8.3
1970-1975 11.4 2020-2025 8.3
1975-1980 10.7 2025-2030 8.5
1980-1985 10.3 2030-2035 8.8
1985-1990 9.7 2035-2040 9.2
1990-1995 9.4 2040-2045 9.6
1995-2000 8.9 2045-2050 10


And birth rate continues to fall:


Oil dependency in the EU, related to debt and deficit and the sovereign debt crisis.

World measure of efficiency and sustainability.

A cornucopia, pun intended, from desdemonadespair.net: 50 Doomiest Graphs of 2010. Also check out their 50 Doomiest Photos of 2010. They have linked to The Oil Drum: Graphgasm 2010, squaring the circle, as it were.

Not specific to 2010, my own effort, attempting to figure out commute options in the US (2000 census data, 281M population):

Discussion and spreadsheet link here: http://dr2chase.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/us-cycling-density-excuses/

And the price, scroll down the page aways:

Jan 2007 $50/ton
Jul 2007 $75/ton
Dec 2007 $200/ton
Mar 2008 $350/ton

The paper where it comes from, with, among others, similar graphs for the Americas, Africa and Asia.


UK petrol prices...

Some stuff from the 2010 Transport Energy Data Book (http://cta.ornl.gov/data/index.shtml):

(Something went wrong with your images from michaelbluejay - EM)

How Meat Contributes to Global Warming


"Peak Oil Cheapness"

Peak Oil Cheapness

I made this sankey chart of 2010 oil supply and demand:

Petrol prices from the AA, earnings from median earnings in 2009 using the average earnings series from measuringworth.com to derive the other years

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Australia - the lucky country!

This is silly; here's my energy usage chart-

Energy Intensity - Gross Inland consumption per GDP, EU 27

Source: EEA

Prediction v performance; Eriksen 2009: