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More Energy Used: AT&T Stadium Or Liberia?

By Jake Shannon, CBSDFW.COM
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A view of AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) at night on January 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas, ahead of Super Bowl XLV. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A view of AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) at night on January 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas, ahead of Super Bowl XLV. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The Dallas Cowboys have been thrust into an international debate, and it has nothing to do with their status as America’s football team. All is relatively quiet at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday, but Liberia’s president recently said that the building uses more electricity than what is generated in her entire country.

Liberia is located along the western coast of Africa, and is coming out of a civil war. The country is home to about 3.7 million people, and its energy consumption ranks 184th in the world.

The claim received some attention from energy analyst Bob Brackett. He and his team crunched the numbers and, according a blog posted on The Wall Street Journal’s website, the Liberia president is partially correct.

The $1 billion stadium consumes up to 10 megawatts of energy on game days, when demand is at a peak, Brackett explained. That number would actually make the Liberian president’s claim true. There is more electricity generated at AT&T Stadium in Arlington than in the entire country of Liberia — in those few hours.

But the Cowboys only play eight regular season home games.

When balanced out across an entire year — because the stadium usually sits empty — Brackett said that Liberia actually does consume more energy than AT&T Stadium.

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