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Xcel Reveals Solar Garden Power Costs Double Other Sources

The Minneapolis City Council's recent approval of two more community solar gardens led to glowing coverage in The Journal, a community newspaper. But the report also appears to contain a bombshell from an Xcel Energy executive about the true cost of solar power, a disclosure that solar costs Minnesota ratepayers tens of millions of dollars more than conventional electricity. At face value, the new community solar deal "saves" Minneapolis $28,000 a year on electric bills, while helping Xcel Energy meet the state mandate to produce 1.5 percent of Minnesota's electricity through solar. Community solar gardens allow utility customers in Minnesota to support...

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In Minnesota, “Green” Energy Fails Every Test

Liberals will tell you that Minnesota is one of the nation's leaders in "green" energy, so its experience represents a good test: can green energy fulfill the extravagant promises made by its backers? The answer is a resounding No, according to a blockbuster paper by Steve Hayward and Center of the American Experiment's Peter Nelson. The paper, titled "Energy Policy in Minnesota: the High Cost of Failure," can be read or downloaded here. Minnesota is a poor place for solar power, so our renewable policies have focused on wind. Minnesota has gone whole hog for wind energy, to the tune of--the Hayward/Nelson...

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MN Unions and Businesses Throw Clout Behind $2 Billion Pipeline

Kudos to the environmental activists plotting to turn the Enbridge 3 pipeline replacement project into the next Keystone XL or Dakota Access fiasco. They've managed to bring together two groups that more often oppose each other to consolidate their collective political influence behind approval of the $2 billion pipeline in the Star Tribune's editorial pages. In Minnesota we’re fortunate to have a well-advanced alternative, an entirely private infrastructure project that would put 6,500 Minnesotans to work over two years, with an economic impact of more than $2 billion for the state, including outstate areas that sorely need it. We’re talking about Enbridge...

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Pipeline Protesters Camp Out in Northern MN

Pipeline protesters gearing up to oppose the $2 billion Enbridge 3 replacement project have been put on notice by St. Louis County authorities. The county has issued a reminder to a private landowner about zoning restrictions on large groups, including some of whom the Duluth News Tribune reports participated in recent protests at the Enbridge construction site on the Wisconsin section of the pipeline. The owner of the land where people identifying themselves as water protectors are camping told the News Tribune he's "not worried" and will ignore a St. Louis County letter seeking his compliance with campground ordinances. "What (the county)...

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Busted! Cops Crack Down on Enbridge Pipeline Extremists

  No more nice guy. Days after allowing 20 or so "water protectors" to stop work without consequences at the Enbridge 3 pipeline replacement project outside Superior, Wisconsin, Douglas County authorities delivered a message. Deputies arrested six environmental extremists who took over the work site again and temporarily shut it down yesterday, according to Duluth News Tribune. The protesters live-streamed video from the worksite on social media after sunrise and before the authorities arrived. The protests were calling for the removal of Line 3. "We're here in a peaceful, safe way to show you that this can't go through," one female protester can...

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Cops Let Enviros “Do Their Thing” and Shut Down New Pipeline

The "water protectors" have resurfaced in northwestern Wisconsin, targeting another strategic oil pipeline project. But this time they did it with the tacit acceptance of local law enforcement. The Duluth News Tribune reports that Douglas County deputies were under instructions to basically stand down Monday, as about two dozen environmental extremists shut down construction of the Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline near Superior, Wisconsin. Some protesters wore masks covering their faces and could be seen in videos locking themselves to heavy equipment. Others were overheard telling workers to "go home early," "stop destroying our mother" and "we're here to protect the water." They...

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Solar “Gardens” Labeled Solar “Scam” by Economist

Solar power currently provides less than one percent of Minnesota’s total electricity generation. But the push for more solar energy production continues, and utility customers are being heavily encouraged to “invest” in “community solar gardens.” Not everyone is convinced these “gardens” are a bright idea. According to Mark Perry, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute, solar gardens are the “latest solar scam.” The solar garden’s contract length, termination clause, and cost-savings claims raise some red flags. Are these “gardens” a bright spot in Minnesota’s energy future, or is the program really just full of weeds?...

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American Energy Will Restore Prosperity, If We Let It

To be sure, America faces many tough cultural challenges ahead, beginning with fatherless households, failing schools, and violent crime.  But economically and environmentally, the future could be so very bright, especially if we don’t allow liberal fear-mongering to carry the day. You’d think that green activists would be in a better mood after the U.S., in 2012, met its Kyoto CO2 emissions targets proposed in 1997, even though the U.S. never even ratified the treaty.  And energy-related CO2 emissions for the first six months of 2016 were the lowest since 1991, thanks to the amazing technological breakthrough of hydraulic fracturing.  So...

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After being sued for defamation, Greenpeace admits its claims are hyperbole and not factual

Greenpeace is sure singing a different tune now that they are being held accountable in court for their baseless claims by Resolute, a Canadian forest-products company.  According to Richard Garneau, Resolute’s President and CEO: A funny thing happened when Greenpeace and allies were forced to account for their claims in court. They started changing their tune. Their condemnations of our forestry practices “do not hew to strict literalism or scientific precision,” as they concede in their latest legal filings. Their accusations against Resolute were instead “hyperbole,” “heated rhetoric,” and “non-verifiable statements of subjective opinion” that should not be taken “literally” or expose...

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