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The television and radio spot below encourage Coloradans to stand up to the politicians and special interests who are jamming a costly bill through the legislature without any input from the rural consumers it would affect.
If you agree that our policymakers should not be burdening rural economies with unfair, unreasonable mandates, please share these important messages with your friends. Then make sure you're a member of the Keep Electricity Affordable eAction team.
New research out of the University of Colorado and University of Denver is using nighttime satellite images of the earth to estimate the magnitude of poverty. Researchers have created an index based on the correlation between the amount of electric light that’s visible at night in a particular region and its population.
When compared to other poverty data, the Night Light Development Index is proving remarkably accurate. It sheds new light on human wellbeing around the world in a way that GDP reports cannot. Once again we can see just how critical widespread access to affordable, reliable electricity is to our quality of life.
Additional details as well as an image of the earth at night are available at SmithsonianMag.com.
The Super Bowl blackout almost stymied the Baltimore Ravens’ game plan but it could give a push to the nation’s discussion of energy issues.
That’s the view of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who said the 33 minutes when the Superdome went dark could shed light on how much we all rely on electricity.
“I think it helps to perhaps kick-start the debate,” she said, according to The Hill newspaper.
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This recent radio spot by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau outlines the importance of affordable electricity – not only for our home use, but also for the farmers who help feed our country.
Electricity can be a huge expenditure for farmers and ranchers – so if energy costs escalate unnecessarily our food prices could rise too. Unaffordable electricity caused by unneeded mandates also could threaten the economic well-being of some family farms.
UPDATED 2/3/2013 at 8:20 PM We don't think much about reliable electricity until we don't have it. We learned during Super Bowl XLVII that we can't afford to take it for granted. From national pleasures like football to national necesities like farming and small business, electricity power our lives.
The quarterbacks aren’t the only things powering the teams in the Super Bowl; electricity plays a big role in the biggest sporting event of the year.
The Super Bowl typically uses 50 million kilowatts of electricity to power the stadium where the Ravens and 49ers will play and to light up the TVs at home for more than 111 million worldwide viewers.
So how much electricity is that? A lot. 2011’s Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, for example, used enough energy in the stadium to power 1,500 homes for a year.
Here’s the list of what was plugged in to reach that number: Read more »