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Spare the Electric Space Heater (and Turn Up the Gas) to Save Money and Keep Warm this Winter

This article was written by me and originally appeared in the Monticello Times: Winter has come, and that means college students will be looking for ways to keep warm without breaking the bank. A common way students seek to do this is by using electric space heaters, but in general, using space heaters is more expensive than turning up the thermostat on your natural-gas powered furnace. Space heaters can be more affordable than gas if they are only being used in one or two small rooms while the rest of the house is cool, but beyond that they are much more expensive to...

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Minnesota Wind Generated More Electricity Than Coal in April 2019, But That’s Not Really Relevant

Renewable energy advocates in Minnesota will probably celebrate the fact that wind power produced more electricity than coal-fired power plants in April of this year (if they haven't already). This is true, as you can see in the graph below, but it is also irrelevant. When this phenomenon is viewed in the context of electricity demand, as well as supply, it paints a very different picture. The graph below shows total electricity generation in Minnesota, along with the generation from coal and wind, dating back to January of 2018. Coal generation fell in April of 2018 and 2019 because April is one...

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Capitalism is Saving the Planet Part 4: Ridley: Rejoice, the Earth Is Becoming Greener

There's something you need to know about the doom and gloom surrounding the environment: most of it has no basis in reality. In fact, it seems like people who pretend to be environmentalists are the people who are least likely to appreciate how much the empirical data shows that the environment has actually improved in the last four decades. One way the environment has improved is the amount of trees on the planet. Despite the popular notion that deforestation is ruining the planet, a new study has found that there are more trees and vegetation today than there was 30 years...

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