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Gasoline: The terrible, terrible idea for power

Permalink 07/29/10 at 08:43:59 pm, by Ed, 81 words   English (US)
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I love Wolfram Alpha. I was able to generate this graph which shows, over time, the cost of energy when supplied by the power company (purple) or by burning gasoline (blue) in US cents per kilowatt hour:

And all I had to do was search for "cost of 1 gallon of gas in cents / 1.32641e8 joules in kwh, Minnesota electricity price residential" to get it.

If you're curious, 1.32641e8 joules is the amount of energy released through combustion of 1 gallon of gasoline.

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