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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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Teamsters Logo Perfectly Illustrates How Antiquated, Inflexible Unions Have Become

Yesterday, American Experiment held a luncheon celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling in Janus v. AFSCME featuring Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs. The Teamsters Local 320, a labor union, decided to protest. Unions once played an important role in allowing workers to withhold their primary commodity, their labor, in order to obtain concessions from their employers like safer and cleaner working environments and better wages. However, in many respects, modern unions have been replaced by government agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which work to ensure employees are working in safe environments. In light of a rapidly-changing global economy, there may not be more fitting symbolism for...

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Minnesota’s ‘labor shortage’ offers the opportunity for higher wages

The economy we should want for Minnesota should be one of high investment driving rising wages. It is the economic model Germany had so much success with in the post-war decades. The state's supposed 'labor shortage' should not be cause for panic and the pursuit of a labor intensive, low investment, low wage economy. Instead, it represents an opportunity to be grasped for a better economic future. ...

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The United States is Now the Largest Global Crude Oil Producer

The federal government estimates the United States likely surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest crude oil producer.  In February, U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades. In June and August, the United States surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999. Ten short years after all the so-called "smart money" was on Peak Oil Theory, which posited the world was running out of oil and global chaos would ensue as countries were plunged into economic turmoil and conflict as we waged war...

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Gold Exploration Expands in Northern Minnesota

One of the world's biggest gold mining companies will likely soon be expanding its exploration efforts for the precious metal in northern Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources posted the South African-based company's proposal on the agency's website.   AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits by drilling this fall and winter.  AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings at 26 sites in northeastern Itasca County, MN.  The exploration areas are about 7 miles west and about 4 miles south of Togo, Minnesota.  AGAM submitted an Exploration Plan to the DNR for review on September 7, 2018. AGAM will...

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