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Elizabeth Warren Brings Her Campaign Against Reality to Minnesota

Elizabeth Warren visited Minnesota last week to hold a campaign rally in her bid  to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. At the rally, Warren waded into two highly controversial environmental debates in Minnesota by opposing the replacement of the Line 3 oil pipeline, and voicing her opposition to the proposed Twin Metals Minnesota mine, which would develop the massive reserves of copper, nickel, and other metals like platinum, palladium, and cobalt in northern Minnesota. Unfortunately, the policies proposed by Senator Warren represent a continuation of her campaign against reality. Line 3 Minnesotans use a lot of oil. In fact, U.S. Energy Information...

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Wind Power Is Collapsing In Germany, Does Lt. Governor Flanagan Know?

This summer, a delegation of Minnesota lawmakers, including Lt. Governor Flanagan and Senator Dave Senjem, traveled to  Germany (burning a lot of CO2 in the process) to learn about the country's renewable energy system. Do you think they learned how wind power is collapsing in Germany? I sincerely doubt it, but they should have because Germany is a role model of what not to do.  The article below, originally published by the Institute for Energy Research, discusses how wind installations in Germany have plummeted by 82 percent due to local opposition and wind's inability to compete on a level playing field with other...

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Great News: MN Supreme Court Deals Blow to Anti-Mining Groups’ Hopes of Delaying PolyMet

Last week the Minnesota Supreme Court delivered a major blow to anti-mining groups by declining an appeal to its unanimous May decision that an additional environmental review of the contentious PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes is not needed, according to a PolyMet news release. This is great news for Northeastern Minnesota because environmentally responsible non-ferrous mining promises to be a major engine to the region's economy, if the anti-mining crowd doesn't stop it. The lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to reconsider it's decision was brought by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, both...

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Solar Power is Increasing Pollution in North Carolina, According to Utility Data

Wind and solar are often touted as "clean" sources of energy, but the evidence showing that this simply isn't true is mounting. From large landfills used to dispose of the (non-recyclable) blades of wind turbines, to toxic chemicals used to make solar panels, to fears about wind companies abandoning their wind turbines after they are no longer useful, the "green" veneer is fading. Now, it appears there is hard data clearly demonstrating that solar power is contributing to higher levels of air pollution in North Carolina, which has the second-most solar of any state in the country. This probably sounds counter-intuitive at...

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Minnesota Wind Generated More Electricity Than Coal in April 2019, But That’s Not Really Relevant

Renewable energy advocates in Minnesota will probably celebrate the fact that wind power produced more electricity than coal-fired power plants in April of this year (if they haven't already). This is true, as you can see in the graph below, but it is also irrelevant. When this phenomenon is viewed in the context of electricity demand, as well as supply, it paints a very different picture. The graph below shows total electricity generation in Minnesota, along with the generation from coal and wind, dating back to January of 2018. Coal generation fell in April of 2018 and 2019 because April is one...

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Should we worry about a ‘labor shortage’ or rising unemployment in Minnesota?

Over the last year Minnesota has added more people but fewer jobs that the nation as a whole. The number of Minnesotans not working - either unemployed or out of the labor force entirely - has risen, while it has fallen nationally. Perhaps it is time to refocus our attention away from the supposed 'labor shortage' and towards our growing unemployment problem. ...

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