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Congressional Democrats Ditch Rep. Stauber’s Anti-Child-Labor Measure for Green Energy Minerals

Green New Deal faithful have a quite a conundrum; they want to completely stop using fossil fuels by switching to wind turbines, solar panels, and lithium ion batteries, but they also hate the mining that is necessary to produce wind turbines, solar panels, and lithium ion batteries. These technologies require large amounts of copper, nickel, cobalt, and other precious metals that are often mined in areas of the world with few protections for workers or the environment. It doesn't have to be this way. Minnesota's Duluth Complex is home to some of the largest undeveloped copper and nickel deposits in the...

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A Conservative Vision for Energy Policy in Minnesota

Last week, Ben Gerber, who is a board member for the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum (MNCEF) took to the pages of The Minnesota Reformer, which is likely the most progressive outlet in the state, in an attempt to defend his positions on energy policy. In his article, which I encourage you to read, Mr. Gerber argues that MNCEF, and not Center of the American Experiment, is the group that opposes heavy-handed government solutions. But this claim is incorrect, as I spell out in my reply below. I am told may be run on the Reformer's website at some date in the future. The...

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House Democrats Propose Billions In Additional Subsidies for Wind, Solar, and Electric Cars

Advocates of wind and solar power often argue that wind and solar power are now the lowest cost sources of electricity on the market, making them more competitive than fossil fuels and nuclear power. If this is true, why do the wind and solar industries keep asking for more subsidies? The answer, of course, is that wind and solar are entirely dependent upon the government subsidizing and mandating these products. Subsidies are so important to the wind industry that many companies stop taking good care of their turbines once the facilities are no longer eligible for the subsidies, according to an analysis...

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Michael Shellenberger: On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

Liberal politicians in Minnesota often use climate change as the justification for doing virtually anything they want. Governor Walz has delayed the replacement of an aging oil pipeline, attempted to mandate 100 percent of the state's electricity come from wind, solar, and batteries, despite the enormous cost, and he has also tried to force Minnesota to obey California's car regulations. All of these actions is predicated on their insistence that climate change is an existential crisis. But if these liberal lawmakers actually believe the world will end unless we act quickly, why don't they immediately end Minnesota's ban on new nuclear power...

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Wages Lawsuit Against American Energy Companies

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has filed a lawsuit against multiple energy companies, Exxon Mobil Corp., Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute, alleging they have deceived consumers over the effects of climate change. Ellison is reportedly seeking a large settlement, similar to the Big Tobacco settlement, for alleged damage to the environment. If the results of similar lawsuits are any indication of how this lawsuit will play out, however, the most likely outcome for this lawsuit will be humiliation for Ellison and a large bill for taxpayers in the state of Minnesota. Attorneys General in other states have also tried to...

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Iowa Utility Board Proposes Use of Eminent Domain to Force Renewables On Landowners; Phony Conservative “Land and Liberty Coalition” is Silent

Property rights advocates in Iowa are furious about a proposal by the Iowa Utilities Board, the Iowa version of Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission, to allow utility companies to use eminent domain to take the land of private citizens, without their consent, to facilitate more wind and solar development. Interestingly, a group called the Iowa Land and Liberty Coalition, which portrays itself as a conservative champion of private property rights in the Midwestern energy space, has been silent about this development. Their silence suggests the group is less interested in property rights than they are about promoting renewable energy by any means...

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Virtual Event: Environmental Climate Change, Contagion and Cataclysm

Last month, I participated in an event with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to discuss energy issues in a post COVID world. You can read more about the event below the video. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzMRSMyElAM&feature=youtu.be One would have thought that the worldwide pandemic was more than enough. But the people of Michigan have also just endured a once in 500 year flooding event that destroyed two dams and forced the evacuation of over 11,000 people. Elected officials and environmental groups are telling us that these events mean government must take up ownership of critical infrastructure and massively expand spending on renewable energy and...

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Electric Vehicle Costs Fall, But They’re Still Unprofitable

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become a major focal point for liberal environmentalist groups and politicians who want to turn Minnesota into a Cold California by mandating California car regulations in our state, and pass legislation like the ECO Act that would force all Minnesota families to pay more for their electricity to subsidize electric vehicles. However, no matter how much the government tries to use a combination of force and subsidies to increase EV adoption in our state, they can't change the fact that most EVs are unprofitable. New research from Lux research shows that despite cost declines for EVs they are...

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ACTION ALERT! Tell Your Legislator Clean Energy First Will Increase Electricity Prices and Could Kill 10,000 Jobs ASAP

Nearly 670,000 Minnesotans have lost their jobs since March 16, 2020 due to the Coronavirus shutdown, and on Friday, May 15 at 8:30 AM, the Minnesota State Senate Finance Committee will be considering passing the Clean Energy First bill, which could destroy thousands more jobs by paving the way for more expensive and unreliable forms of energy like wind and solar. Center of the American Experiment’s analysis has found this legislation would cost nearly $46 billion through 2050, cause electricity prices to increase by 35 percent in areas served by Xcel Energy, and that these higher electricity prices could destroy more than...

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