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Oh Snap: New England Energy Markets Undermined By Renewables Subsidies. Will Minnesota Learn From the Looming Disaster?

We're rapidly reaching a dangerous tipping point where the cost of  renewable energy subsidies and state-level renewable energy mandates will explode. High electricity prices hurt low-income families, seniors, and they are devastating for industries like farming, mining, and manufacturing because it greatly increases the cost of doing business. If we want to grow living-wage jobs for all Minnesotans, we must stop the madness and stop mandating expensive renewable energy....

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Star Tribune Urges Serious Debate Over More Mining

American Experiment's campaign to focus attention on environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota's world-class mineral resources has picked up momentum from a surprising source--the Star Tribune Editorial Board. Dueling studies released within days of each other have performed a valuable public service this election season: putting a spotlight on economic risks and benefits of mining for copper and other precious metals in northeast Minnesota. Voters not only have a responsibility to learn more about both analyses — one is from a pro-business group [Center of the American Experiment] and the other from a Harvard economist — but also to push gubernatorial candidates in particular on...

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Minnesota’s Rich Mining Tradition Still Runs Deep

Phil Warwas has punched in for the last time after more than half a century in the mining industry. But his story in the Duluth News Tribune points to the bright future ahead for thousands of younger Minnesotans just starting out, if and when the state finally allows environmentally responsible development of our world-class mineral resources. He's endured layoffs and yearlong strikes during that time, but stuck around to pursue his passion. Machining isn't something he plans on giving up in retirement either — he'll be doing plenty of it from his shop at home as a hobby. "The machine shop held...

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Confessions of a Former Xcel Energy Employee- Can Minnesota Avoid Wreckage Seen in Colorado?

A tell-all from Duane Richards, a former Xcel Energy employee, who plainly states that the company's "Steel for Fuel" agenda is an attempt to bolster shareholder profits at the expense of Colorado ratepayers, who will be stuck footing the bill. We can learn a lot in Minnesota from our friends in the west about the wisdom of pushing for greater renewable energy mandates, as some candidates for public office are advocating....

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Data from Michigan suggests that mining doesn’t destroy leisure and hospitality jobs

A report from economists at Harvard asserts that mining in northern Minnesota will lead to losses of jobs in "recreational employment". But no support is offered for this assumption. A look at data for the Eagle Mine in Michigan's northern peninsula, suggests it might not be. ...

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Two Dozen Anti-Pipeline Protesters Arrested in Bemidji: They Aren’t The Heroes They Think They Are

Anti-pipeline activists forget that engineering is a science, and that it allows us to transport oil and natural gas safely through pipelines more than 99.999 percent of the time. These people are not defenders of science or the environment. They're a sideshow movement that has deluded themselves into thinking they are somehow saving the planet, when in reality the policies they advocate put the environment at greater risk....

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Bemidji Police Break Up Pipeline Protest

It's still not clear which route the recently approved Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline will take through northern Minnesota. It doesn't really matter. Regardless of the pipeline's ultimate path, activists will be there to create havoc and disrupt the $3 billion project, despite its critical economic and environmental benefits. The usual suspects got a head start this week in Bemidji, disrupting traffic and making a general nuisance of themselves, according to a report in the Pioneer. More than two dozen people were cited as about 100 people gathered and blocked streets in downtown Bemidji on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in opposition of the Line 3...

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Economist’s View: Actually, economic growth in Walker’s Wisconsin outpaced Dayton’s Minnesota

Comparisons of Minnesota's and Wisconsin's economies are interesting but shouldn't be pushed too far. The states have similarities, but they have many differences, too. As yet, neither state is beating the other hands down since the Iron Curtain went up along the St. Croix. To say otherwise is to go against the data — which was why the Economic Policy Institute had to cherry-pick data to make its argument....

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