AP Environmental Science : Large-Scale Energy Usage

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Environmental Science

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Large Scale Energy Usage

Which of the following is the predominant industrial energy source in the United States currently, in 2015?

Possible Answers:

Geothermal energy

Fossil fuels and natural gas

Hydroelectric energy

Coal

Nuclear energy

Correct answer:

Fossil fuels and natural gas

Explanation:

While coal was the predominant source of energy during the Industrial Revolution, advancements in petroleum extraction and refining resulted in petroleum and natural gas becoming the dominant industrial fuel source in the 1950s. This pattern has existed to this day.

Example Question #2 : Large Scale Energy Usage

Which of the following most accurately defines "Energy Star"?

Possible Answers:

An internationally-recognized standard for energy-efficient consumer products, formed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy

A program created by the Department of Energy that offers federal rebates for Energy Star certified home appliances, which have higher energy efficiency than the federal standards

A standard for energy-efficiency drafted by private companies that manufacture electronics and consumer goods

A collaborative program formed by private companies that manufacture consumer appliances and the Environmental Protection Agency to set an industry standard of energy efficiency

A federal energy-efficiency standard mandated for consumer electronics and appliances by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy

Correct answer:

An internationally-recognized standard for energy-efficient consumer products, formed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy

Explanation:

The Energy Star certification is a standard of energy efficiency for consumer electronics and appliances that is higher than what is required by federal standards. The program was a joint venture by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy and has since become an internationally-recognized standard.

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