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Don’t Forget, Trump’s Tax Cuts Brought Down Your Electricity Bill

Despite what its detractors say, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last year has been an unqualified success. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 1969, wages are rising in critical industries like manufacturing, and we now have a situation where employers are struggling to find employees, not unemployed people struggling to find jobs. Economic gains were part of the sales pitch for the tax cuts, but Minnesotans have also experienced a host of unexpected benefits from them, including refunds from electric utilities. Because the tax cuts reduced the corporate tax income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, Xcel...

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Xcel has Been Increasing Rates to Pay for Expensive Wind Farms

If you’re an Xcel customer, you have most likely noticed your electricity rates have been increasing steadily in the last few years. That’s because Xcel signed a historic multi-year rate plan in 2015 extending to 2018, increasing electricity rates for all Xcel customers. Spelled out directly in its rate-case, Xcel’s rate increases were implemented almost entirely to pay for expensive investments in wind energy and other power facilities, totaling over $1 billion....

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Will Global Warming Destroy Us All? Probably Not

We often hear that global warming will eventually be the end to all of us. The message is pervasive, and it has been trumpeted again by a newly-released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. While renewable energy advocates, anti-pipeline activists, and others attempt to use global warming as a "trump card," when lobbying for government policies and mandates for their preferred sources of energy, its important to look at whether these claims are supported by the scientific evidence, especially as President Trump has removed the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (not a treaty), and rescinded...

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MN Judge Does A Disservice To All Minnesotans By Letting Pipeline Protesters Off the Hook

On October 11, 2016, three pipeline protesters from Seattle, Annette Klapstein, Emily Johnston, and Ben Joldersma, disguised as safety workers scaled a chain-link fence and used bolt cutters to unlock the shut-off valves on the Enbridge lines 4 and 67, which carry millions of gallons of oil daily across Minnesota from western Canada. The anti-pipeline activists faced felony charges that could result in up to 10 years in prison, that is, until Judge Robert Tiffany  granted the protesters' motion to dismiss the case. The ruling comes as a shock, even to the protesters themselves. However, by dismissing this case, Judge Tiffany did a vast...

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California Electricity Shutoffs Increase Up 64 Over Five Years- Minnesotans Should Take Note

Hundreds of thousands of Californians are feeling the negative effects of their renewable energy mandates, which was recently increased to a 100 percent mandate for zero emission electricity by 2045, as the number of people who can't afford their electric bill has skyrocketed.  Why would Minnesota adopt another failed Californian policy? ...

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Xcel Should Save Sherco 1 and 2, Skip the Wind

On October 2nd, Xcel Energy told a crowd of people about how they intend to grow their "carbon free" electricity generation portfolio by replacing coal-fired generation with more wind. This would happen as the monopoly utility closes three coal plants at Sherburne County (Sherco) Units 1 and 2, in Becker, and the Allen S. King plant in Stillwater.  Xcel should save the coal and skip the wind, because Minnesota can't afford more failed energy policies. ...

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Beware of “Conservative” Groups Pushing For Renewable Energy and Carbon Taxes

Every year, millions of dollars are spent propping up astroturf groups that pretend to be conservative that push for decidedly unconservative policies including taxing carbon dioxide emissions and advocating for renewable energy. This happens both on the national level, and in states around the country. According to an article in the Daily Caller: "Wealthy charitable foundations spent $10 million on an effort that included handing money to conservative and libertarian think tanks and grassroots organizations to promote “a stable climate” and “a clean energy future” among other environmental issues, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found." "For example, two foundations that promote liberal energy...

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So Much for that Green Energy “Revolution.” Saudi Arabia Cancels $200 Billion Solar Project

Saudi Arabia is scrapping its plan to spend $200 billion to construct the world's largest solar panel facility in favor of a "more practical" plan. Ordinarily, a country or company scaling back their plans to install solar power would be unremarkable, but this solar project was supposed to be different. Anti-oil activists, who oppose building newer, safer, oil pipelines and hydraulic fracturing, a technology that has transformed the United States into an energy powerhouse and the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world, crowed that solar was so cheap, so virtuous, that even Saudi Arabia, which was then the largest oil producer,...

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