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Star Tribune Fooled by Cherry-Picked Data: How the Left Demagogues on Climate Change

A recent Star Tribune editorial (“Climate change is real in Minnesota, too,” Sept. 13) compared precipitation for two periods, 1941-70 and 1981-2010, and found that in the Twin Cities it was up 20%, and some counties in south-central Minnesota saw 30-35% increases.  This info was “told” to an editorial writer by climatologist Mark Seeley. Now I’m not a climatologist, but I’m not bad at math, and I’m suspicious when I see arbitrary time periods and relatively small geographic areas (counties?) compared to make a point.  Therefore, I looked up the numbers for the whole state of Minnesota on the National Oceanic...

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State Solar Power Mandate Under Fire at Capitol

Snowy days in April only underscore the futility of relying on solar energy to power the electric grid. These photos taken earlier this winter of snow-covered solar panels just outside Montrose on Highway 25 illustrate solar power's obvious flaws in this climate, blizzard or not.               In fact, weather conditions year around limit solar power generation in Minnesota. For example, a Great River Energy study found that ideal sunny conditions at the utility's experimental solar installation occurred just ten percent of the year. Partially sunny days were recorded just 20 percent of the time. Yet Minnesota investor-owned utilities face a state mandate to...

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A Little Clear Thinking and Perspective on the Houston Flood and Climate Change

As Houston still struggles through the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history we can be thankful that wealth, technology, planning, and generous help from neighbors has kept the loss of life to a minimum so far.  The Galveston hurricane of 1900 killed around 8,000 and Katrina tragically took over 1,800 lives.  Thankfully Harvey’s total is less than 1/50 of Katrina’s total so far. I was actually pleasantly surprised that I didn’t see much climate alarmist blaming the first few days of the tragedy but now that that is over we need to inject some facts and logic to show that...

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This time we are three years from climate disaster: Being an alarmist means never having to say you’re sorry.

Considering climate alarmist’s history of alarmingly false predictions, it’s curious that their forecasts continue to accepted as credible by so many.  Here’s the most recent headline from a few days ago: “We Have 3 Years to Save the Planet From Climate Disaster, Experts Warn.” The frightening letter, published in the journal Nature, was signed by more than 60 “climate experts” that included former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, ex-Irish President Mary Robinson, business people, investment managers and environmental campaigners.  I guess holding an alarmist position on global warming automatically makes you a “climate expert.” And I guess being an alarmist expert means you...

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Why Are 600 Demonstrators News?

The Star Tribune reports on a demonstration in downtown Minneapolis, which it considers to be newsworthy: "Hundreds turn out in Minneapolis for march opposing Trump administration's policies on climate." Hundreds? Really? In what way is that newsworthy? Hundreds of people may turn out for a high school soccer game. Hundreds is a big number for a book club, but a pathetically small number for a demonstration. The Strib says: Minneapolis police estimated up to 600 demonstrators at the beginning of the march around 3 p.m., although more people joined in as it continued. Let's assume that the crowd ballooned to a whopping 800...

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