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Americans on average consume 228 tons of coal; 35,000 gallons of gas over the course of a lifetime

03 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Climate Change

Beth Buczynski of Yahoo news reports that the average consumption of humans over a lifetime can really add up. The average American lifetime sees the consumption of 562,000 kwh, which equates roughly to 228 tons of coal; nearly 35,000 gallons of gas over a lifetime, which would require roughly 242 trees to offset; and leaves a carbon footprint 1,500 tons, an amount large enough to fill half of the New York Giants football stadium.

This infographic from wellhome.com puts it into perspective [click for full-sized version]:



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