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In The Tank Ep 182 Doubling Down on Failure, $60 Trillion Medicare for All, Doctor Shortages

Hello! In this edition of the In the Tank podcast, Donny, Isaac, and Justin discuss American Experiment's newly-released report Doubling Down on Failure, How a 50 Percent Renewable Energy Mandate Would Cost $80.2 Billion. The gang also talks about Medicare for All, and Justin gives a fascinating explanation of why there is a doctor shortage in the United States. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep182-doubling-down-on-renewable-failure-60t-medicare-4-all-doctor-shortages...

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“Darling, is the wind blowing? I want to drive my Tesla.”

I am told that at the recent CPAC 2020 gathering the President told a well-received joke aimed at the latest “Green” demands that we forgo dirty carbon-based energy and rely solely on wind and solar: “Darling, darling, is the wind blowing today? I would like to watch television, darling.” I thought about that joke when I turned on to a frontage road last Sunday. There was Tesla S blocking the road with the flashers on. It looked like it had been there all night; icicles had formed from the body down to the road and there was snow around it. When I...

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Greta Thunberg, Student Protesters Should Demand Better Solutions to Climate Change

Kids around the country are skipping school to draw attention to climate change, but why don't these kids demand real solutions to a problem they find so severe they must skip school? Minnesota has it's own coalition of astroturf youth climate groups, iMatter, Climate Generation etc, but maybe these kids should read the article below rather than storming the capitol to support inefficient and unreliable wind and solar power. If these students are so concerned about climate change, why aren't they advocating for the legalization of new nuclear power plants in Minnesota? The following article was written by Bjorn Lomborg, and originally...

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Changing the Conversation: Cost Estimates for Wind Energy Need Additional Context

If we want to compare the cost of different power sources, it is necessary to also consider the value they offer to the grid. If energy sources like wind and solar cost X amount but need other energy sources on standby that cost Y amount, then the true cost is not really X, is it?...

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Two Answers I’d Like on Xcel Energy’s Carbon Report

Xcel Energy made headlines by announcing they would be the first electric utility to derive 100 percent of their electricity from sources that don't emit carbon dioxide by 2050. Earlier this month, the government-approved monopoly utility company released a 28-page report outlining their plan for "Building a Carbon-free Future." After reading the document, I was left with two nagging questions that should have been answered in the report: what would it cost, and how much future warming would it prevent?...

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What Energy Sources Do “Green” Countries Use? Hint – Not Wind or Solar

Green countries around the world rely on two primary sources of electricity to keep CO2 emissions low - but they are not wind and solar. If reducing CO2 emissions is the goal, wouldn’t renewable energy advocates want to adopt power sources that have been proven to do so? ...

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Controversy Over Wind Turbine Shutdown in Cold Hits North Dakota

American Experiment has documented Minnesota's vulnerability to reliance on wind turbines in the midst of the polar vortex. As policy fellow Isaac Orr put it, "when the cold got goin', the wind stopped blowin'." Every single Minnesota utility reported their wind turbines did not show up to work during the polar vortex, either due to low wind speeds, or because it got too cold to operate the turbines safely. This means wind power is literally unable to show up to work when we need it most. Thank goodness we had coal and nuclear power plants available to provide the electricity we needed to keep...

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How Much Would One Day’s Worth of Battery Storage Cost Minnesota Households? $820 per Year, for 20 Years

Last week I was on WCCO's program with Paul and Jordana, and we had a very spirited discussion. I'd highly encourage you to listen to the 12 minute interview if you have time. During the interview, I asked Paul what he planned to do when the wind wasn't blowing or sun wasn't shining, and he emphatically stated that batteries with large posteriors (he used other words, of course), would be up to the challenge of providing electricity when the weather did not cooperate with wind and solar generation, citing examples in Australia and California as evidence for his claim. For the sake...

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“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”

When I got home last night, I watched a local news clip reporting Gov. Walz’s “100 percent renewables by 2050” proposal. I was looking closely at the news anchors; would they report this as a serious idea? Would they burst into laughter? One of them seemed to have a slight smile, like he was trying hard not to laugh. Or point out that Tim Walz would probably be senile or dead by 2050.  ...

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