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Baseballs and Barrels: World Statistics Day

October 20, 2010 - 1:06pm


Does the American League hold more baseball World Series titles than the National League?


Does Saudi Arabia produce more crude oil than Russia?


How do I know?


The month of October not only marks the beginning of Major League Baseball’s World Series and Energy Awareness Month, but also the celebration of the first ever World Statistics Day on October 20th.  

Statistics don’t just help us answer trivia questions – they also help us make intelligent decisions.  If I heat my home with natural gas, I’m probably interested in what natural gas prices are likely to be this winter. If my business manufactures solar panels, I would want to know how many other companies are making them and how many they are making.  If I’m a policymaker analyzing U.S. energy security, I might want to know where our oil comes from.

When it comes to energy statistics, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is the place to go. EIA is the energy statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. We collect, analyze, and publish independent and impartial energy statistics.  These statistics help promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

EIA conducts a comprehensive data collection program that provides statistics on the full spectrum of energy sources, end uses, and energy flows.  We generate short- and long-term domestic and international energy projections; and we perform informative energy analyses. 

For statistics to have meaning they must be understood within a coherent context.  EIA has developed a number of energy information resources written in plain language that provide statistics within such a context:

Whether it is batting averages or barrels of oil, we count on statistics to make sense of our world.