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MPR Covers Impact of Mining on Upcoming Elections: Cites American Experiment Mining Research and Advertising Campaign

MPR recently ran a piece describing the issue of mining may have on the upcoming elections. The story cites our research, and then goes on to describe the positions politicians have staked out on mining, whether for, or against. Last week, when I scheduled this piece to run on our website, I figured this piece would still be timely by today, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to throw a wrench in my plan by granting PolyMet a permit to mine for it's NorthMet project, significantly changing the way mining may impact the way people view the mining issue...

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If Renewables Are So Cheap Why Is Germany’s Electricity So Expensive?

Renewable energy advocates like to say we should be a lot more like Germany when it comes to generating more electricity from wind and solar. This argument often goes like this: "Wind and solar are already less expensive than fossil fuels, and greedy corporations are the only reason we don't have a clean energy revolution!!!" My question for people making this argument is, "If renewables are so gosh-darn cheap, why does Germany now have the highest electricity prices in Europe?" In fact, the average cost of electricity is nearly 30 cents per kilowatt hour, almost three times higher in Germany than...

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If Wind Energy Saves Ratepayers Money, Why Does Xcel Brag About How Wind Investments Increase Profits for Shareholders?

Wind energy is supposed to be the cheapest energy source available, providing energy savings to Minnesota businesses and families.  Just read this opening paragraph of a StarTribune article, which claims that “The cost of wind energy in Minnesota, even without tax subsidies, now appears lower than that of electricity produced from both natural gas and coal.”  The validity of this statement can be proven false simply by using public data provided by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As you can see from the graph below, the cost of electricity from wind farms is more expensive than both coal and natural gas plants.  Figure 1 The capacity factor of a power plant can...

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Dayton Considers Iron Range Solar Plant A Highlight of His Economic Development Legacy: What Do You Think?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the Heliene solar panel manufacturing plant opening on the Iron Range is one of the highlights of his economic development record. What do you think? The plant received $3.5 million in loans from the state to expand and purchase state-of-the-art equipment. But this begs the question, should the state of Minnesota be subsidizing an industry that is painfully dependent upon the 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit for survival? I sure don't. The company, will reportedly invest more than $18 million to get a 25,000 square foot factory up and running after another manufacturer abandoned it last year. The plant...

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American Experiment Congratulates PolyMet on DNR Permit to Mine

Center of the American Experiment congratulates PolyMet Mining Corp. on receiving a Permit to Mine for its NorthMet copper-nickel project from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The proposed PolyMet mine is the most extensively studied project in the history of Minnesota, and after 10 years of study, the DNR has concluded it can be conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. The DNR's approval of the project reinforces the message of our mining reportand campaign: Minnesota can have a strong mining economy and ensure future generations of Minnesotans will enjoy a healthy environment. Developing Minnesota's copper, nickel, platinum, cobalt, and titanium resources can potentially generate more than $3.7 billion dollars...

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View Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources Polymet Press Conference Here

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held a press conference to announce the agency's decision to issue the Permit to Mine for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota. You can watch the press conference for yourself below. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/MPRnews/videos/337897113459634/?hc_ref=ARTcOu3oCKeGF8beN1oWfsK3mO3oYKIu_RxwNpseNH5KCL-lNecnF3kEWSltEZ4u28I[/embed]...

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Biased Much? Why Is the Star-Tribune Using a Misleading Photo of The Proposed PolyMet Mine?

Gee, I wonder how the folks over at the StarTribune feel about the DNR's decision to grant the needed Permit to Mine for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Oh wait, the picture they selected for their website shows their hand, among other things. There is no question that passions run high on both sides of the mining debate in Minnesota, but the Strib's decision to publish a photo of the old LTV Taconite facility, which has sat idle since 2001, and label it the PolyMet Mine is incredibly shoddy journalism that does not give readers a fair impression of what the facility will...

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BREAKING NEWS: DNR Issues Permit to Mine for PolyMet Project!

The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel, and precious metal mine took a major step forward as the Minnesota DNR has just issued the permit to mine, stating the project meets Minnesota's environmental protection standards. The DNR has issued the permit to mine, six water appropriation permits, two dam safety permits, a public waters work permit, and an endangered species takings permit for the NorthMet project.  The permit to mine includes a financial assurance plan and wetland replacement plan. According to the notice published by the DNR: No project in the history of Minnesota has been more thoroughly evaluated.  In issuing the permits, the DNR has...

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Connexus Energy Becomes Nation’s First Electric Co-Op to Bilk Its Members With Solar Plus Storage, Hooray!

Connexus Energy has become the first electric co-op in the country to bilk its 130,000 owner-members by forcing them to pay $31 million in additional costs for unneeded solar plus battery storage. Hooray! I've written about this project before, and as a reminder, the two solar gardens being built will have a whopping 10 MW of capacity, which is the equivalent of 0.056 percent of the installed electricity generating capacity in the state. The batteries will be able to feed 15 MW into the grid at a time and store 30 MWH of electricity, enough for two whole hours! Whoopee! It would be one...

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