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The Case for a Green ‘No Deal’

Those who advocate for Minnesota's "Green New Deal" are not the adults in the room. How can one credibly claim that global warming is an "existential crisis,"  yet refuse to utilize the most reliable, affordable, and scaleable sources of carbon-dioxide free electricity available? I submit that they cannot. But do we need to make a Green New Deal at all? The following article argues that we do not....

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Minnesota Should Keep Burning Clean, Beautiful Coal

With President Trump visiting Minnesota today, there is no better time to emphasize the fact that Minnesota would save $87.7 billion dollars through 2050 by continuing to burn clean, beautiful coal to generate electricity instead of pursuing more wind and solar. Despite claims to the contrary, coal-fired electricity is far more affordable than wind or solar. Minnesota can only reap these massive economic benefits if we implement the Trump Administration’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which requires coal plants to make common sense, and cost effective improvements to reduce carbon dioxide emissions....

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Minnesota’s Biggest Electric Co-op Rejects Green Activists for Board

American Experiment has documented the high stakes for the DFL's Green New Deal in a ground-breaking report, "Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50% Renewable Energy Standard by 2030 Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion." One of our expose's co-authors, Isaac Orr, put it this way in a recent Pioneer Press op-ed. Increasing quantities of renewable energy result in increasing electricity prices because they are more expensive than conventional sources of electricity, like coal. Additionally Minnesota would still need backup sources of electricity, like coal and natural gas plants, to be available when the wind is not blowing, like during the Polar Vortex, or...

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In The Tank (EP186) – Artificially Inflated Green Jobs Numbers, Geoengineering, Tax Freedom Day, and Lindsey Stroud on Vaping

Hello! In the first segment, Isaac gives us a rundown on how "clean energy job creation numbers [are] artificially inflated." In an effort to pass off renewable energy mandates as a potential job creator, advocates suggest renewable energy is responsible for thousands of jobs. Isaac reveals why this idea is "bunk." Next, the trio talk about the idea of geoengineering. A Reason Foundation article titled "New Research Suggests Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Lower Global Temperatures," makes the case that we should be able to discuss and experiment with these theories. Supplemental article: 7 Geoengineering Solutions That Might Cause More Damage Than Good Moving on...

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Foundation Pulls the Plug on City’s Chief Resilience Officer

It turns out that you have to be pretty resilient yourself in order to go to work as the chief resilience officer (CRO) for the city of Minneapolis. The city's first resilience officer, DFL-insider Kate Knuth, quit the cutting edge position after a mere seven months on the job without submitting any work product, according to media reports. Knuth summed up her insights gained as CRO in an op-ed at the time. I believe people feel we aren’t capable of taking on the big things because we don’t have the tools to do the work we need to do together. In other...

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The Dirty Little Secret Behind Clean Energy Jobs

The Clean Energy Economy Minnesota jobs report will likely draw favorable media coverage, but a deeper look at the numbers exposes the fact that these numbers are artificially inflated by including workers who are only tangentially related to energy efficiency, and that only 2.2 percent of the wind and solar jobs are non-temporary construction jobs....

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Walz’s Comments on Public Utilities Commission Appointment is an Ominous Sign for Line 3, Rational Energy Policy

Line 3 opponents often argue the Governor should deep-six the oil pipeline replacement project because it would lock in oil use for the foreseeable future when we should, in reality be transitioning away from oil in favor of electric cars. But these arguments are pure wishful thinking with no basis in reality....

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No, Wind Capacity Factors Are Not 50 Percent in Minnesota, And That’s Very Important

Renewable energy advocates in Minnesota often claim that capacity factors for wind, the percentage of electricity generated by a power plant compared to its theoretical output, are sky high in Minnesota, exceeding the 50 percent threshold. Data from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs show this claim is completely false. As you can see on the map below, there is not a single wind facility in Minnesota that operates above a 50 percent capacity factor.  The results don't get much better as we lower our standards, either. The U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the state-wide capacity factor for wind was only 35.9 percent in...

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Isaac Orr: Lower Electricity Costs From Going Carbon-Free? Wanna Bet, Gov. Walz?

The following article originally appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press: Gov. Tim Walz recently announced his plan to make Minnesota’s electricity 100 percent carbon-free by 2050, and while the governor claims his plan will reduce energy costs for Minnesota families due to improvements in energy efficiency, I could not disagree more with his assessment. Therefore, I am willing to bet the governor a month’s salary that his claim is incorrect and that electricity costs will skyrocket under his plan. Increasing quantities of renewable energy result in increasing electricity prices because they are more expensive than conventional sources of electricity, like coal....

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MN House Energy and Climate Finance Committee Modeling Should Include Future Wind Speeds

The Minnesota House of Representatives has proposed spending $550,000 on a study to be conducted by the University of Minnesota exploring the impacts of climate change in Minnesota. What's unique about the study is that it would require the University to conduct a study producing climate model projections through the rest of this century for 10-square mile blocks covering the entire state. The study would be required to develop a series of projections of temperature, precipitation, snow cover, and a variety of other climate parameters over the rest of this century. This morning I testified in front of the Committee instructing them to add another requirement to...

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