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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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Duluth News Tribune: Statewide View: The more they learn, the more Minnesotans support copper mining

A majority of Minnesotans from around the state appear ready to embrace the prospect of developing Minnesota's massive copper, nickel, gold, platinum, and titanium resources through expanded mining. Support for mining grew when residents learned that developing our mineral resources would add $3.7 billion to Minnesota's economy and support 8,500 jobs ....

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Center Report Ramps Up Debate Over Benefits of Environmentally Responsible Mining

American Experiment's newly released report on the statewide benefits of environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota's world-class mineral resources continues to attract media attention. Over the weekend, Forum Communications newspapers all over the state published a column highlighting our ground-breaking report, along with a Harvard paper on the benefits of tourism. A conservative Minnesota think tank says copper and nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is safe and good for the economy, while a Harvard professor says that economic boost would sour in a few years. A pair of reports that came out in recent days arrived as political campaigns...

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Future of Wind “Uncertain” After Federal Subsidies Expire

Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017. Recent and near-term additions are supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive—the production tax credit (PTC)—as well as a myriad of state-level policies." So much for "Free market" renewable energy, eh?...

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Upper Michigan’s Population Dwindles Despite “Sustainable” Tourism Economy

Mining opponents often talk about tourism as a "sustainable" form of economic activity. However, based on the fact that the population of Upper Michigan continues to decline, the so-called "sustainable economy" is clearly not doing enough to sustain families and businesses in the region....

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“Visitors can get you only so far,” Upper Michigan Hungry For More Mining

Mining opponents throughout the country cite tourism and recreation industries as "sustainable" alternatives to mining, including in Minnesota. However, what these arguments miss is that people who live in areas that are dependent upon tourism are hungry for opportunities in other industries because the tourism industry simply does not provide the kind of high-wage jobs that people in the area need to raise and support a family....

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Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost MN’s Economy $3.7 Billion a Year and Create 8,500 Jobs

Environmentally responsible mining will provide a $3.7 billion annual boost to Minnesota’s economy, create 8,500 jobs and generate nearly $200 million a year in tax revenue for state and local governments, according to a new report by Center of the American Experiment. The report, Unearthing Prosperity: How Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost Minnesota’s Economy, evaluates the mining potential of the state’s largely untapped world-class mineral resources. “Mining is often framed as an ‘either or’ proposition—jobs or the environment, tourism jobs or mining jobs. But this is an inaccurate portrayal of modern mining,” said Isaac Orr, a policy fellow at Center of the...

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