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California To Ban the Sale of New Gas and Diesel Cars and Trucks By 2035

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed and executive order that will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks in California by 2035. This is exactly why thousands of Minnesotans oppose the Walz administration's plan to adopt California car mandates in our state. California's new order directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB), an unelected bureaucracy, to develop a phase-out plan that would require 100 percent zero-emissions personal use and drayage vehicles by 2035 and as many medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle applications deemed feasible by 2045, Fox News reports. It makes zero sense that California would essentially mandate the...

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What’s Wrong with Wind and Solar?

Regular readers of Center of the American Experiment understand that wind and solar are expensive, unreliable, and they require massive amounts of metals to generate just a fraction of the energy that we derive from oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear power. Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute is one of the leading researchers exploring the environmental impacts of wind and solar, and the amount of mining that would be required to be conducted if we were to try and implement the Green Dream, or whatever it's called. Enjoy the video from PragerU. https://youtu.be/RqppRC37OgI...

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Nearly 5,000 Minnesotans Send Emails Opposing California Car Mandates to Gov. Walz, MPCA

Governor Walz continues his push to transform Minnesota into Walzifornia by enacting California car mandates in our state. These mandates would increase the cost of new vehicles by up to $2,500 per car and require automakers to stock more electric vehicles in the state. Unsurprisingly, these mandates are extremely unpopular with Minnesotans from all corners of the state. In fact, nearly 5,000 individual Minnesotans have sent emails to Governor Walz and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) opposing these rules by signing Center of the American Experiment's petition at www.NoCaCars.com. The Walz administration is expected to release the new regulations for public...

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Otter Tail Power Will Build 50 Megawatts of Solar, But Its Electricity Will Come from Coal and Gas in the Dakotas

Otter Tail Power Company (OTP), the smallest electric utility in the state of Minnesota, will build 50 megawatts of solar near their soon-to-be retired Hoot Lake coal facility. The Fergus Falls Journal reports the facility will include around 170,000 solar panels and generate enough electricity to power about 10,000 homes each year, but by my calculations, based on federal data on electricity usage and factoring in Minnesota's unproductive solar panels, the number would be closer to 6,750 OTP customers. Either way, it doesn't really matter, because the vast majority of OTP's power will be shipped in from coal and natural gas...

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In The Tank Ep259: Yes, Biden Wants to Ban Fracking

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr in episode 259 of the In The Tank Podcast. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about whether or not Biden wants to ban fracking. Despite Biden’s statements on the matter, his energy proposals show he is in favor of banning this extremely important process. Also, why are the media now claiming the riots are Trump’s fault? The ITT discusses these topics and more. https://youtu.be/tlTXhx_xEi8...

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U.S. Approves First Small Commercial Nuclear Reactor

The future of nuclear power looks a little brighter now that U.S. officials have approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor for the first time in the nation's history. According to the Associated Press: "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small modular reactor that Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems plans to build at a U.S. Department of Energy site in eastern Idaho. "The small reactors can produce about 60 megawatts of energy, or enough to power more than 50,000 homes. The proposed project includes 12 small modular reactors. The first would be...

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California is Still Struggling to Keep the Lights On

In Mid-August, more than two million California families and businesses lost their electricity during a record-breaking heat wave because the sun was setting, rending The Golden State's fleet of solar panels unable to generate electricity. Decades of bad energy policy had left the state with too few sources of reliable electricity. Blackouts, or rather "greenouts," ensued. Since that time, there have not been more blackouts, but there have been several very close calls, including over Labor Day weekend. Last weekend again brought scorching temperatures to the Southwest, and the California grid operator, the California Independent Systems Operator, pleaded with residents to voluntarily...

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Indiana Community Beats Back Industrial Wind Facility

The #Resistance to industrial wind and solar facilities is growing throughout the entire nation. San Bernardino County, the largest county in California, has banned new wind and solar developments, and an Indiana community has beat back a proposed 200 MW wind facility in the Hoosier State, according to the Courier Press. In a statement to the Princeton Daily Clarion, E.ON wind development manager Karsen Rumpf said the new zoning rules Gibson County passed last month – which would set restrictions for the turbines and ban them from being built within two miles of schools, hospitals and other structures – made it...

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