Test Your Energy IQ

Think you're an energy expert? Take our quiz to find out how much you know.

Test your energy IQ by answering the five questions below. You can leave your answers in the comments section.

The answers are now posted below each question. All of the information is from the U.S. Energy Information Administration Independent Statistics and Analysis website. Click the links below for more information.

1. The United States imports the majority of oil from which country?

a)      Saudi Arabia
b)      Canada
c)      Iraq
d)      Venezuela

Answer: Canada

2. In 2009, the top oil producing country in the world was:

a)      China
b)      Russia
c)      Saudi Arabia
d)      Iran

Answer: Russia

3. What percentage of U.S. energy use is generated from renewable sources, including water (hydroelectric), wood, biofuels, wind, organic waste, geothermal, and solar?

a)      8%
b)      4%     
c)      20%
d)      14%

Answer: 8%

Note: This answer is based on the most recent official data available from the Energy Information Administration from 2009. The percentage today may be higher.

4. In the United States, one barrel of crude oil will produce (approximately) how many gallons of gasoline?

a)      15
b)      40
c)      20
d)      50

Answer: 20

A barrel of oil contains 42 gallons, but one barrel yields between 19 and 21 gallons of motor gasoline.

5. Adjusted for inflation, what month and year did the U.S. experience the highest average retail price for a gallon of regular gasoline?

a)      June 2008
b)      August 2008
c)      April 2011
d)      July 1979

Answer: June 2008

Dr.SusanRubin May 22, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Great quiz! Here are my guesses. 1. Canada 2.Russia 3. 1 barrel = 40 gallons 4. August 2008 Here are 4 Questions for you! 1. How many barrels of oil does the USA guzzle daily 2. What year did the USA reach peak oil? 3.What year did we reach peak oil world wide? 4. When will green groups and the general public wake up about the fact that our future will not include fossil fuels?
Robert May 22, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Bob - I think 1 Canada 2 Russia 3 8% 4 40 5 April 2011
Dan Thaler May 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Canada Russia 11.4% 20 July 2008
Virginia Gross May 23, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Ginger 1.d 2.d 3.d 4.c 5.c
Dr.SusanRubin May 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM
When someone writes a piece in the Patch about the messy kids section in Borders Books Mt. Kisco, there are 107+ comments. But when a thoughtful quiz about fossil fuels is posted only 4 people comment? The apathy around the issue of energy is downright dangerous. Our community of N.Westchester where a typical parent travels miles and miles every day in their car and relies on food that comes from far away, will be deeply impacted by higher costs and lower availability of oil. Time to wake up, people!
Marie May 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM
@Susan- I JUST saw this article...give it time! (Perhaps I am just being optimistic too?) But, I agree that this is a GREAT article to bring to mind on our energy usage. Thank you Jonann! Here are my answers: 1 Canada 2 Russia 3 14% 4 20 gals of gasoline/1 barrel of crude oil 5 April 2011
Helen May 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM
most US oil comes from - Canada? top oil producer in 2009 was Iran? % energy from renewable? 4%? #galls gasoline from barrel of crude? 20? highest gas price? July 79? And the follow-up Q's from Dr. Susan barrels oil/day? - see www.nationmaster.com/graph/ene_oil_con-energy-oil-consumption for some terrible ( but slightly out of date stats) year USA reached peak oil? must be in the past - so guessing 2005? year did world wide reach peak oil? also in the past (though I thought it was 2020) when will we wake up? We may not - we may be leaving this for our kids and grandkids to struggle with.
Jonann Brady May 23, 2011 at 01:12 PM
I'll post the answers later today to give the quiz a little more time to circulate. Thanks to those who have responded so far!
joy May 23, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I am ready for the answers...too embarassed to post my guesses!
jlsteinmetz1 May 23, 2011 at 01:41 PM
I'll give it a shot - loved the questions! Here's what I'm guessing: 1. Saudi Arabia 2. Saudi Arabia (with Russia as a close second guess) 3. only 4% from renewables 4. 20 gallons 5. July 1979
ASleepyBoy May 23, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I wish I knew the answers. My guesses would not even be considered educated guesses so I am not going to embarras myself.
Heron May 23, 2011 at 03:46 PM
That's exactly why I didn't answer this. I found it very interesting, but didn't have a clue. I don't think that not knowing the answers to these questions means that someone doesn't care about energy conservation.
Dr.SusanRubin May 23, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Just like any diet, we need to be clear on what we are consuming before we can make meaningful changes. The magic number for US daily consumption of oil is 20 million barrels a day. If you know that #, then you can see whether it makes sense to "drill baby drill" somewhere that might only give usa 2-3 month supply. We all have to face the fact that we must go on an energy diet. Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute was invited to give a counter speech to Exxon Mobil CEO. He said some important things to new college graduates that all of us need to be aware of. http://www.postcarbon.org/article/335718-your-post-petroleum-future
Donna May 23, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Easy to research the answers in another tab: 1) b.Canada 2) b.Russia 3) a. 8% (although sources quote 11.14%) 4) b. 40 5) b. August 2008 (although the Consumer Price Index seems to indicate July 2008 as the peak) Fascinating quiz! Thanks!
Robert Johnson May 23, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Richard Heinberg knows more about energy than just about anyone else. The guy has a bunch of books out explaining why we need to stop consuming so much fossil fuel NOW. It is a matter of survival. Canada Russia Between 11 % and 14 % The ave. is closer to 11% 20 gallons July 1979
Jonann Brady May 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM
The answers are now posted in the story. Thanks for your responses!
Scott Walters May 25, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Saw this late...but the question that was missing was: What do you have to do with those horrible CFL bulbs when they die? A: You must take them to your local hazmat delivery spot so that they can dispose of them safely. Putting them in your garbage poses SIGNIFICANT RISK to the ENVIRONMENT...how ironic. Remember folks, real light bulbs are gone as of January 1st.....


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