An area of 14,000 km2 in various parts of the Adirondack Park meets criteria established for suitable wolf habitat, but this is about half of the area required to maintain a wolf population for the long term. Based on the average deer density and weight, as well as the food requirements of wolves, biologists estimate that this habitat could support about 155 wolves.
One result was that gasoline prices rose to a peak of $4 per gallon in 2008. Energy planning at the national level in the first five years of the 21st century was marked by an ongoing debate about future supplies of fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas. Planning objectives have centered on providing a larger supply of coal, natural gas, and, to a lesser extent, oil. Planners concluded that if the United States is to meet electricity demands by the year 2020, over 1,000 new power plants will have to be constructed.
When we work out the numbers, this means building about 60 per year between now and 2020 more than one new facility per week. Natural gas has followed a similar pattern with respect to production and consumption since the late 1980s. The problem with natural gas will be to bring production in line with consumption in the future.