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Does fossil fuels use since 1990 account for half of all the fossil fuels used in history?

True More detailed data confirm the claim. This chart is taken from https://ourworldindata.org/fossil-fuels ; most data there comes from the published paper: Vaclav Smil (2017). Energy Transitions: ...
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Did "fossil-fuel pollution [kill] three times as many people as COVID-19 did" in 2020?

The smoke and smog from those engines and appliances directly kill nine million people a year I’ll address the “nine million people a year” estimate. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates ...
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Has natural gas "reduced carbon emissions from power generation by 38%" in Ohio?

From the linked tables, Ohio's carbon production fell from a high of 296.5 million metric tons in 2013 with regard to energy production to 185.6 million metric tons in 2020. That's a 37.4% reduction, ...
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At the current rate are we going run out of fossil fuels by 2060?

No First, this figure is for petroleum. For coal, the figure is much larger. Some of the figures I found for coal were 133 years, "anywhere from 68 years to a hundreds of years", and 357 ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

Source Confusion from TechCrunch+ The article by the Energy Consulting Group cites an article by Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch which is not an interview with Musk but instead a badly summarized ...
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Did "fossil-fuel pollution [kill] three times as many people as COVID-19 did" in 2020?

The claim's specificity is probably not rock-solid, but the idea that fossil fuels kill huge numbers of people annually is sound. I'm assuming McKibben was relying on this study from Harvard ...
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Did "fossil-fuel pollution [kill] three times as many people as COVID-19 did" in 2020?

The smoke and smog from those engines and appliances directly kill nine million people a year In 2020, fossil-fuel pollution killed three times as many people as COVID-19 did. The Dan Romik's answer ...
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Does the fossil fuel industry benefit from trillions of dollars of subsidy from governments every year?

Yes, the fossil-fuel industry benefits from subsidies equivalent to trillions of dollars, each year. Yes, the IMF's figures are broadly consistent with other studies: in particular, the cost of ...
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At the current rate are we going run out of fossil fuels by 2060?

For oil, using proven reserves and current oil production, the date is more like 2067. World proven reserves are approximately 1.7 trillion barrels, or 1.7 million-million barrels (EIA figures]). ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

Will a Starship launch require 1000 tonnes of LNG? Yes, this is a reasonable estimate. Wikipedia lists 800 tonnes just for the booster, citing an August 2021 interview with Musk. An additional 200 ...
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Has natural gas "reduced carbon emissions from power generation by 38%" in Ohio?

No, this claim is misleading, bordering on false. As identified in the methodology section of the article you linked, "The term energy-related CO2 emissions, as used in these tables, refers to ...
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Has the oil industry made $1 trillion dollars of profit a year for 50 years?

It's probably an overestimate, because the OPEC revenues generally did not reach that high, on average. -- fig. source. -- fig. source However, coming up with a concrete, true counter-figure for oil ...
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At the current rate are we going run out of fossil fuels by 2060?

On current trends, we won't run out of fossil fuels, even oil or gas. This is a slightly misleading statement because the question asks about the current burn rate, and this answer rephrases to "...
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Has the oil industry made $1 trillion dollars of profit a year for 50 years?

The numbers check out if one used the data provided the WorldBank. In particular, the world bank provides data on the so called "Rents" for Oil, Gas, and Coal. The Oil Rent is defined by the ...
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Has natural gas "reduced carbon emissions from power generation by 38%" in Ohio?

Their number seems ... low, actually. Or they're underperforming. Coal creates 211 pounds of CO2 per "million BTU", or 21.1 pounds per US therm. Natural gas creates 117 pounds of CO2 per &...
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At the current rate are we going run out of fossil fuels by 2060?

While reading the other answers, you might get the impression that fossil fuel availability won't be a problem for 100 years. According to this Nature paper ("Unextractable fossil fuels in a 1.5 ...
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Have there been no long lines or price hikes for gas in the eastern US?

The article from the tweet you linked claims that both long lines and gas price increases occurred. I would guess either the tweet is a typo or it is click bait to get you to go to the article. https:/...
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Did increased global methane emissions in 2017 come from cattle farming?

You ask ‘Was there a surge in global methane emissions in 2017? Was it caused by cattle farming, fossil fuel consumption or other sources?’ The first partial quotes (below) are dated 2020: “The ...
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Have there been no long lines or price hikes for gas in the eastern US?

No Comments about the article made me revisit this. The text in the tweet (at least about long lines) did appear in the original New York Times article on May 10. Since the pipeline shutdown, there ...
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Does the fossil fuel industry benefit from trillions of dollars of subsidy from governments every year?

Among the references cited in that IMF paoer, I found the 2015 ECFIN brief "Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies" by Bárány and Grigonytė fairly illuminating in this matter. (To establish authority, ECFIN ...
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Does using electricity from the grid in the U.S. result in more greenhouse gas emissions than using propane?

tl;dr A full analysis of whether it makes sense to electrify your vehicle fleet depends on fuel cost and carbon intensity in your area and over the lifetime of the vehicle. It depends on where you're ...
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