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Nationally Renowned Climate Scientist Judith Curry Cites Our Analysis of the Polar Vortex in Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives

On Wednesday, nationally renowned climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry cited American Experiment's analysis exposing the lack of wind during last week's polar vortex and our writings stressing the importance of reliable energy sources in the wake of bitter cold in her testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives in front of the House Committee Natural Resources. This is an incredibly big deal. I'm elated Dr. Curry cited our work. It is incredibly gratifying to see that we are having a powerful influence on energy policy not only in Minnesota, but also on a national level. I have included her somewhat...

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Last Week’s Cold, This Week’s Trespassers, Shows We Need a Pipeline Protection Bill

Last week saw temperatures in Minnesota plummet to 24 below zero in the Twin Cities, and International Falls registered a temperature of minus 36 degrees. It was so cold outside that Xcel Energy had to urge its 460,000 natural as customers to turn their thermostats down to 63 degrees or face widespread shortages of natural gas, putting hundreds of thousands of people on edge, worrying about whether they could stay warm. Part of the problem  was a strain Xcel's natural gas distribution system, and this will likely need to be remedied with more pipeline infrastructure, if Xcel can get it built. This...

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Gas Tax Issue Illustrates Rural, Urban Divide

The Star Tribune recently ran an opinion piece by James Lenfestey, who advocated for an increase in the gas tax to finance infrastructure improvements and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but cautioned lawmakers to keep rural Minnesotans in mind when crafting this policy. While it is admirable that the author wants to be sensitive to the needs of rural Minnesotans, the editorial further illustrates how people living in the metro area have scant idea how the policies they advocate harm those living outside of it....

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Minnesota has high business taxes which research shows hurt our economy. Will Gov. Walz raise them?

New research shows that higher state business and personal tax rates mean fewer businesses, less employment, and reduced capital investment. Minnesota has the fourth highest top marginal individual income tax rate in the country and the third highest corporate income tax rate, which might explain why our state lags the national average in new business formation, job creation, and capital per worker. Gov. Walz must commit to not hike business taxes even further. ...

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Bitter Cold Shows Reliable Energy Sources Are Critical

The Star Tribune has published an opinion piece I wrote on how Minnesota's bitter cold should be a wake-up call for energy policy in our state. Instead of mandating the use of wind and solar, which generated just 24 percent of its installed capacity, and provided just four percent of MISO's electricity, we must maintain and keep reliable electricity sources like coal, nuclear, and natural gas plants running. You can read the article by clicking here....

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It’s Negative 24 Degrees and the Wind Isn’t Blowing. This is Why We Need Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power, Not Renewables

Good morning, everyone! I hope you're staying warm. If you are, it's because of natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear power, or even wood, because the wind isn't blowing right now. The screenshot below is from Electricity Map. It's a fun app that tells you how your electricity is being generated at any given moment in time.  Turns out wind is  producing only four percent of electricity in the MISO region, of which Minnesota is a part. While that's not good, what's worse is wind is only utilizing 24 percent of it's installed capacity, and who knows how this will fluctuate throughout the course of the...

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Reason: New Poll: Medicare for All Is Popular Until You Explain How It Works

Minnesota lawmakers are making noise about enacting their own version of Medicare For All. They may want to read this article from Reason, before they do. "A new poll shows that a clear majority of Americans support Medicare for All—until they are told what it is and how it would work. The survey was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which regularly asks Americans about health policy issues as part of its Health Tracking Poll series. It finds that 56 percent of the country supports a "national health plan, sometimes called Medicare for All" and an even larger percentage—71 percent—supports the idea when told that it...

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