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Gusher! North Dakota Has Four Times More Oil Than Estimated

The world already knew North Dakota has enough oil left in the ground to traumatize climate activists for decades. But come on. The latest estimate of oil reserves under our westerly neighbor truly defies the imagination.  Not to mention the U.S. government's official calculations. The fracking company that's led the way in developing the state's reserves even rocked attendees with the news at an industry meeting covered by the Fargo Forum. Continental Resources estimates that the Bakken Formation has reserves of 30 billion to 40 billion barrels of recoverable oil, or roughly four to five times more than the government’s latest estimate. The...

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Copper, Nickel, and Titanium Mining Would Nearly Offset Estimated Population Decline in Northern Minnesota

The Minnesota state demographer expects the population in five northern counties to shrink, on net, by 9,710 people by 2050. That is, unless 8,500 people are employed as a result of new jobs created by mining Minnesota's wealth of copper, nickel, platinum, cobalt, and titanium resources....

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Star Tribune Fooled by Cherry-Picked Data: How the Left Demagogues on Climate Change

A recent Star Tribune editorial (“Climate change is real in Minnesota, too,” Sept. 13) compared precipitation for two periods, 1941-70 and 1981-2010, and found that in the Twin Cities it was up 20%, and some counties in south-central Minnesota saw 30-35% increases.  This info was “told” to an editorial writer by climatologist Mark Seeley. Now I’m not a climatologist, but I’m not bad at math, and I’m suspicious when I see arbitrary time periods and relatively small geographic areas (counties?) compared to make a point.  Therefore, I looked up the numbers for the whole state of Minnesota on the National Oceanic...

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Teamsters Logo Perfectly Illustrates How Antiquated, Inflexible Unions Have Become

Yesterday, American Experiment held a luncheon celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling in Janus v. AFSCME featuring Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs. The Teamsters Local 320, a labor union, decided to protest. Unions once played an important role in allowing workers to withhold their primary commodity, their labor, in order to obtain concessions from their employers like safer and cleaner working environments and better wages. However, in many respects, modern unions have been replaced by government agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which work to ensure employees are working in safe environments. In light of a rapidly-changing global economy, there may not be more fitting symbolism for...

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