Wood in US  Energy History

Wood: primary energy source till 1885

... but that's ancient history


For over a century from the founding of the country, wood was the primary source of energy in the US. 

Coal overtook wood in 1885. 

Oil overtook wood by 1915 

Oil overtook coal in 1950.

Energy from hydropower overtook wood in about 1968.

Nuclear overtook wood in 1972

Nuclear overtook hydro by 1973.

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