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Do "solar panels require 10 times the minerals to deliver the same quantity of energy as a natural gas plant"?

Basically correct; however... If by "solar panels" he means the classic photovoltaics which turn sunlight into electricity, the number is about 5 to 20 times more material depending on what ...
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Is it true that there is not enough electricity to power all vehicles in the United States if they were electric?

tl;dr: The claim is false. The claim is that there would need to be six times as much electric generation, but if all cars in 2019 had been electric, only 1.43 times (43%) more generation would have ...
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Did the USA increase oil imports from Russia after the Ukraine invasion?

[...]is it true that USA is increasing it's crude oil imports from Russia year-over-year No. Before we get to the technical answer, first let's point out the lies by omission. The US imports very ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

Source Confusion from TechCrunch+ The article by the Energy Consulting Group cites an article by Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch which is not an interview with Musk but instead a badly summarized ...
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Is it true that there is not enough electricity to power all vehicles in the United States if they were electric?

No, about 40 to 60% Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles currently use 146 billion gallons of gasoline used each year annually. A gallon of gasoline represents about 33 kWh of energy. So all the ...
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Do "solar panels require 10 times the minerals to deliver the same quantity of energy as a natural gas plant"?

Yes, mostly true (although the relevance of this particular metric could be discussed) Last year, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe published a report titled Life Cycle Assessment of ...
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Do "solar panels require 10 times the minerals to deliver the same quantity of energy as a natural gas plant"?

Yes, but not taking into account the full picture As Schwern already pointed out, making a direct apples-to-apples comparison is near impossible. However I recently encountered the following graph, ...
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Did the USA increase oil imports from Russia after the Ukraine invasion?

While it's true that US oil imports from Russia increased in recent weeks they are lower than they were before the invasion, and by the end of April a complete prohibition will go into effect. The ...
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Will SpaceX's fleet of rockets triple the entire United States demand for methane/natural gas?

Will a Starship launch require 1000 tonnes of LNG? Yes, this is a reasonable estimate. Wikipedia lists 800 tonnes just for the booster, citing an August 2021 interview with Musk. An additional 200 ...
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Has wholesale electricity price in France increased to €1000 per MWh, up from €85 per MWh?

Electricity FUTURES did hit that price. Here's an example graph. ICE in this context are a major futures market, so that's "legit" in the sense that it appears that trading around this ...
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