Does the average American use more energy than a blue whale? The New York Times says it’s true. Is it?
— petew83, via the Straight Dope Message Board
We need to clear up a couple levels of confusion here. First, the New York Times didn’t say the average American uses more energy than a blue whale. The paper quoted someone as saying this. The Times doesn’t have a policy of only quoting people who say true things. If it did, all coverage of politics would come to a screeching halt.
As to the whale question, I refer you to the article, too interesting to summarize here.