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What’s behind the natural gas boom?

From Texas to New York, natural gas has radically changed the energy landscape in America. But how did the practice commonly known as fracking explode so suddenly, and where is it actually happening? In the two-minute video above, Alexis MadrigalThe Atlantic’s senior technology editor, explains the two main technological innovations that have tapped formerly unreachable gas in shale. Animated by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User's Guide to Energy special report. For a look beyond the basics to the larger conversation about the pros and cons of natural gas, see Kyle Thetford's piece on the boom.

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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When will solar get cheap enough for everyone to use?

Solar is not like other energy sources. Photovoltaic cells are a transformative technology, Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic's senior technology editor, argues in the short video above. The faster the price of solar energy falls, the more viable it becomes as a source of clean power -- and the sooner we'll see it on roofs across America. Animated by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User's Guide to Energy special report. For a more in-depth look at this topic, check out Kyle Thetford's "Charting the Fall of Solar Prices."

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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What’s in crude oil — and how do we use it?

The petroleum we pump out of the ground turns into a range of useful things: fuel for all forms of transportation, a key ingredient in plastics, and more. Alexis MadrigalThe Atlantic’s senior technology editor, takes a look at the chemistry of crude oil in the two-minute video above, explaining the process of distilling one barrel, gallon by gallon. Animated by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User's Guide to Energy special report. If this short overview leaves you wanting to know more, check out Kyle Thetford's more detailed look at the process.

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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Who’s to blame for climate change?

Global warming is a global problem, but some nations get the lion's share of the blame. Alexis MadrigalThe Atlantics senior technology editor, takes a look at the damage in the short video above. Animated by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User's Guide to Energy special report.

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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How do we use energy at home?

From gadgets to kitchen appliances to heating, AC, and beyond, this two-minute video reveals what it takes to power an American home. Alexis MadrigalThe Atlantic’s senior technology editor, explains how shifting demographics have influenced energy use since 1980. Featuring animation by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User's Guide to Energy special report.

If this short overview leaves you wanting more, be sure to check out Kyle Thetford's "A Very Short History of How Americans Use Energy at Home" for a more in-depth look at this topic.

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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How much energy does the U.S. use?

We all know the U.S. consumes a massive amount of energy but it's hard to wrap your head around the numbers. How much do we rely on oil? Do renewable resources make up a significant portion of our energy use? In the two-minute video above, Alexis MadrigalThe Atlantic’s senior technology editor, walks through the key energy sources we depend on, from coal to wind and beyond. The facts and figures come to life with animation by Lindsey Testolin, a San Francisco-based artist.

This episode kicks off a six-part video series -- a component of The User's Guide to Energy special report. Don't miss Madrigal's introduction to the project and see Kyle Thetford's “The U.S. Energy Picture" for a more in-depth look at how the landscape is changing.

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.