In the United States, total primary energy consumption has been relatively constant for the past 10 years. The primary energy consumed in the United States comes from various sources. In 2016, the U.S. consumed around 36 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from petroleum, some 28 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from natural gas, about 14 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from coal and a little over eight quadrillion British thermal units of energy from nuclear energy sources. It is expected that the amount of energy derived from renewable sources will rise in the future, but it will likely take decades until renewable sources can replace fossil fuels to a considerable extent.
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