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Xcel Tries To Trick Customers Into Thinking They’re Being Treated

I'd say Happy Halloween, but the increasing cost of electricity is downright frightening. Minnesota's electricity prices have been skyrocketing, largely because our state has squandered $15 billion on wind turbines and the additional transmission lines needed to transport the electricity generated by far-away wind turbines to the metro area. While one could argue utility companies are simply responding to the mandates imposed upon them by legislators and regulators, I would vehemently disagree because  Xcel actively lobbies to skew the regulatory apparatus in their favor. In fact, in 2016 Xcel spent more money lobbying than every organization other than the Minnesota Chamber of...

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Orr “Mines” the Theater of Public Policy for Laughs

Last night, Policy Fellow Isaac Orr appeared at the Theater of Public Policy held at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. The Theater, run by Tane Danger, has a policy purpose and fun format; it take on issues of public policy, invites opposing experts to discuss the topic and then "improv" actors have some fun with what they learned about the issue. Think Dudley Riggs doing public policy. The issue last night was mining in northern Minnesota, specifically the PolyMet copper nickel mine now under consideration. Isaac Orr, who co-authored the Center's report "Unearthing Prosperity: How Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost Minnesota's Economy"...

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Anti-Mining PAC Endorses Walz, Ellison, and a Slew of Other DFL Candidates

A group that opposes the proposed Twin Metals copper nickel mine in northern Minnesota has released a new ad endorsing Tim Walz for Governor. This doesn't necessarily mean Walz opposes the Twin Metals project, but if anti-mining groups are endorsing him, it does raise the possibility that they know something we don't about his feeling toward copper nickel mining in our state....

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An Energy Injustice: Low Income Households Will Subsidize Wealthy Ones Under New Handouts for Community Solar

Environmental groups may pay lip service to "environmental justice" in low-income communities, but these communities are being hoodwinked by the environmentalists who will make it harder for low-income families to pay their electric bill so the community solar program can be funded, at any cost.  ...

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Duluth News Tribune Story Paints Inaccurate Picture of American Experiment’s Duluth Mining Rally

John Lundy of the Duluth News Tribune wrote a misleading article about American Experiment's mining rally in Duluth on Monday, October 22nd at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. In the article, Lundy makes it appear as if John Hinderaker of American Experiment was rude to Sheila Coughlin as she repeatedly interrupted him even as he assured her that if she waited politely her questions would be addressed in a designated question and answer session after the presentations had been delivered. In reality, Coughlin was the one with bad manners, and you can you can see the exchange for yourself by clicking here. This...

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One Step Closer: MN Environmental Agencies Send Proposed Polymet Permit Changes to EPA For Approval

The Polymet mining project took one more step toward a final decision on whether the company will be able to begin developing some of Minnesota's massive copper, nickel, platinum, and cobalt deposits because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) has sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency an updated permit for the agency's approval. The suggestions come from more than 700 public comments submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and PCA on the proposed Polymet project. The comments including responses, proposed permit, and Technical Support Document can be viewed at the following link. American Experiment has written extensively on the economic benefits...

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Renewable Groups Predictably Scrutinize Great River Energy’s Continued Use of Coal

Groups who oppose the reliable and affordable electricity generated by coal and natural gas such as the Sierra Club and Fresh Energy are predictably scrutinizing Great River Energy (GRE) for their plans to keep generating electricity at the Coal Creek Power Station, an enormous 1,156 MW power plant located in North Dakota. These special interest groups are hoping to pressure the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission into rejecting GRE's long term resource plan, which depends heavily on the Coal Creek plant to meet the electricity demands of their customers. This shouldn't surprise anyone, because the Sierra Club has spearheaded a nationwide campaign...

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Center of the American Experiment Holds Pro-Mining Rally in Duluth

The original article appeared here, on KBJR6.  DULUTH, MN – The Center of the American Experiment hosted a rally Monday night to demonstrate the public’s support for mining in the state of Minnesota. The organization is known for doing research and producing papers on Minnesota’s economy, education, health care, and more, and discussed one of their most recent mining studies at Monday’s rally. In the conclusion of that report, it says that Minnesota can have a healthy environment while still being able to mine, and, in doing so, would add more than 8,000 jobs and nearly $4 billion dollars in state annual economic...

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