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  • Track Name

    Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

  • Album

    101 Christmas Songs Disc 1

  • Artist

    John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band

This seems like a fitting Christmas song for this year. John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over). Warning: Yoko also sings in this.

Wind powers my stuff

Wind Power

I’m now officially getting 98% of the electricity at my apartment from wind. Austin Energy has a program called GreenChoice that allows you to pay a higher fuel surcharge and get all of your electricity from renewable energy.  They claim if you use 1,000 kWh per month, your monthly bill will go up $25. I only use about 1/3 of that, so I figured, why not? 

Eventually programs like this will be obsolete, I think. Renewables may cost more up front, but they make more economic sense in the long run. Take a coal plant for instance: the cost of just constructing one is on the rise and in many cases cost more than an equivalent capacity wind farm. Then of course you have the costs and hazards of mining, transporting, and burning coal. Wind is free, and usually not harmful to your health. 

So I’m hoping my extra dough will help expand renewables so that eventually they’ll be cheaper than fossil fuels, which they eventually will be. Oh, and they don’t cause asthma or warm the earth. That’s nice.

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