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Liberals Save Electricity; SD Needs Greens to Counter Keystone XL Power Demands

The Keystone XL pipeline will drain South Dakota's electricity supply. What can we do to compensate for all the electricity those oil pumping stations will use to prevent our utilities from having to raise our rates to build more coal-fired power plants?

One simple solution is for South Dakota to import more Democrats, who use less electricity:

Two UCLA economists report that, in the area served by an unnamed utility in the Western United States, households headed by registered Democrats use less electricity than those headed by registered Republicans. This holds true after factoring in variables such as climate, the price of electricity, and the size and age of the homes in question.

The difference in kilowatt hours suggests that left-leaning voters are less likely to respond to uncomfortable heat by reaching for thermostat. “Liberal households engage in voluntary restraint, largely by lowering air-conditioning in the summer relative to conservatives,” Dora Costa and Matthew Kahn write in the journal Economics Letters [Tom Jacobs, "Liberal Homeowners Use Less Electricity," Pacific Standard, 2013.03.07].

We liberals are known for our restraint, not to mention our ability to take the heat.

The Greens keep their electric bills even lower:

“Relative to Republican registered households, Democrats consume 5.1 percent less electricity, and Green party registered voters consume 15.1 percent less,” they report. “This differential grows larger in the hotter summer months.

“We estimate that during the summer, Democrats consume 6.6 percent less electricity than observationally identical Republicans, while Green Party households consume 19.1 percent less electricity than Republican households. This larger summer differential is likely to be related to air-conditioning demand [Jacobs 2013.03.07].

So here's the plan: When President Obama approves Keystone XL and South Dakota and protestors flock to West River to slow down construction of this unnecessary environmental risk, we send out our Chamber of Commerce reps to encourage them to stick around after the pipeline is done. The liberal protestors stick around, make themselves at home in nice energy-efficient yurts...

...of course, the problem with this plan is that it doesn't reduce our electrical demand unless the liberal influx scares an equal number of conservatives out of the state. And we don't want anyone feeling unwelcome. It looks like we'll have to focus on stopping Keystone XL to save our electricity.


  1. WayneB 2013.03.15

    Thanks for the last paragraph; I was going to say adding more people (even if they use 6.6% less electricity than me) isn't going to reduce demand.

    I find that study interesting, but anecdotally inaccurate; a quick poll of my office places the conservatives in the stingy camp of keeping their heat low and their AC high, with our left leaning coworkers being slightly less so.

    Maybe it's a regional occurrance?

  2. Rorschach 2013.03.15

    Can the study explain why my spouse wants to heat the house to 72 in the winter and cool the house to 68 in the summer?

  3. Steve Sibson 2013.03.15

    So Cory, when does the Democratic genocide in regard to Republicans start?

  4. larry kurtz 2013.03.15

    It's almost over for the GOP, Sib: your political independence is assured. Happy?

  5. Stan Gibilisco 2013.03.15

    Whatever you were smoking when you wrote this post, Cory, I want some.

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.03.15

    Ha! Maybe that's why more liberals don't bother to get up to crank the thermostat; they're just so happy, dude....

  7. WayneB 2013.03.15

    ... and apparently the conservatives were growing & selling... hence the power bills...?

    Circle of Life

  8. Steve Sibson 2013.03.16

    "they're just so happy, dude"
    Smoking dope in order to reach a meditative state is a religious excercise brought about by Eastern mysticism. Just one more component found in the New Age Theocracy.

  9. larry kurtz 2013.03.16

    "dope" is meth in today's vernacular, Sib: enlightened smokers evade it like we run from sex with cretins like you.

  10. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.03.16

    Genocide and NAT? Sibby! Get a grip!

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