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By Delaying Line 3 Replacement, Again, The Walz Administration is Flagrantly Ignoring “The Science”

Governor Walz loves to pretend that scientific evidence is the primary driver for the decisions he makes in St. Paul, but his actions show otherwise. In reality, Walz's mantra of "following the science"is just a thinly-veiled smokescreen for doing whatever he wanted to do anyway to serve his own purposes. Line 3 is a perfect example....

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ECO Act Could Increase Your Winter Heating Bill

Many Minnesotans are still reeling from the unrest that has enveloped the state for the last week. However, it appears the gears of government continue to churn. This Thursday, the Minnesota State Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on the controversial ECO Act, which would make changes to the state's energy efficiency program, called the Conservation Improvement Program, or CIP. Like any legislation, the ECO Act has positive aspects, like it's removal of mandatory spending provisions, but is also has a number troubling liberal environmental wish-list action items that should be stripped from the bill. Among these liberal action items...

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Minnesota Quitting Coal 9 Percent Slower Than The National Average, Despite Electricity Prices Rising 30 Percent Faster

Many Minnesotans like to believe that Minnesota is a "green" state. However, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that Minnesota has reduced its's coal consumption by a slower rate than the nation as a whole from 2001 to 2018. Despite reducing it's coal consumption by a smaller margin than the national average, Minnesota has seen it's electricity prices increase 30 percent faster than the national average. In essence, Minnesota's energy policy has been a massively-expensive failure, and proposals to shut down the remainder of the state's coal plants and replace them with a combination of wind, solar, and natural...

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Germany Just Built a Brand New, Clean, Beautiful Coal Plant

Legislators in Minnesota who support mandating more wind and solar onto our electric often point to Germany as an example of we should be doing. Someone had better inform them that Germany, the darling of many Minnesota greens, has just finished construction on a brand new 1,100 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant. This plant would be about half as large as the Sherburne County coal plant, which is the largest power plant in the state of Minnesota. According to Bloomberg Quint, the plant, Uniper’s Datteln-4, will start feeding electricity into the grid on a commercial basis on Saturday. It appears that legislators...

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Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans Removed Due to Alleged Copyright Infringment

Michael Moore's documentary, Planet of the Humans, was removed from YouTube yesterday amidst allegations that some of the footage shown in the film infringed on copyrights. At the time of it's removal, the film had garnered more than 8 million views. The renewable energy industry has been calling for the film to be removed from the platform since the day it was released. These groups made several inaccurate claims about the contents of the film, and while there were some errors in Planet of the Humans, by and large it did a good job of articulating the fact that wind and solar also have impacts...

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Tune in Tomorrow! What Energy Policy Could (and Should) Look Like in a Post-COVID-19 World

Tomorrow, Policy Fellow Isaac Orr will be participating in an online webinar talking about energy policy in a post-COVID world. Early in the coronavirus quarantines, media outlets began reporting on significant changes in the natural environment as a result of reduced human activity. We were told that wildlife was returning to urban areas and that the air was suddenly and dramatically cleaner, as was the water. We were told that CO2 emissions were dropping noticeably and that the reductions in human activity were actually a “silver lining” to the virus. Progressive greens trumpeted the economic slowdowns as something that should be...

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In The Tank (Ep244) – Global Elites Are Prepping for a Global Reset

Hello! Heartland's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr (briefly) for episode 244 of the In The Tank Podcast. The crew discusses Elon Musk: Is he overrated? Is his call for ending the mindless lockdowns a selfish act, or one of principle? They also discuss how the response to the coronavirus is laying down the groundwork for the spread of global socialism. Justin got so deep into the topic, that he worried about heading into "tinfoil hat" territory ...

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How “Clean Energy First” Would Increase Electricity Rates for Xcel Customers

Last session, the Minnesota legislature considered passing legislation called Clean Energy First (CEF). This bill, as the name suggests, would mandate utility companies in Minnesota to prioritize renewable and carbon-free energy sources over traditional energy sources when building a new power plant. Clean Energy First, in this way, is an extension of the renewable energy goals withing the Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA) passed in 2007, which has resulted in a tremendous increase in the cost of electricity in Minnesota. In fact, this legislation has all but eliminated the state's price advantage compared to the national average. The graph below shows residential electricity rates...

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