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In the Tank Episode 165: Big Tech Censors Hunter Biden Story

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr for episode 265 of the In The Tank Podcast. The podcast covers the New York Post story about how Hunter Biden leveraged his father's position at Vice President to enrich himself and his family. They also cover the BIGGER NEWS that social media giants Facebook and Twitter were preventing people from using their platforms to promote the story to their followers. This censorship is a serious abuse of the power Congress granted social media companies so they could even exist, and a grave threat to...

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Minneapolis City Council’s War on Cars Delays Rebuilding in Wake of Riots

In what should have been a headline in The Onion or the Babylon Bee, and not the Star Tribune, the City of Minneapolis delayed the rebuilding of businesses destroyed by riots in South Minneapolis because a business owner wanted too much parking. The business in question is a dental office that was seeking to expand its practice and provide more convenient parking options for its patients, many of whom are low-income households. According to the Star Tribune article: "[Dr. Ali] Barbarawi, who operates as a solo practitioner, has been hoping to add another dentist or two to the practice since he bought...

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Two DFL Legislators Hit Reverse on Opposition to California Car Mandates

On Tuesday I wrote about how 123 candidates for office in Minnesota have signed a pledge to oppose the Walz administration's attempt to impose California car mandates on Minnesota. One encouraging aspect of the pledge was the fact that both Republicans and DFLers had signed it. Unfortunately, two DFL legislators have hit reverse on their opposition to the new regulations. According to MinnPost: "Two Democratic state lawmakers who signed a pledge opposing tougher vehicle emission standards proposed by Gov. Tim Walz now say they support the regulations. State Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton, and state Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, asked to be...

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123 Legislative Candidates Sign Pledge Opposing California Car Mandates

A MinnPost article published yesterday shows 123 legislative candidates, including Republicans and Democrats, oppose Governor Walz's attempt to impose California car mandates on Minnesotans. The pledge shows there is strong, bipartisan opposition to the regulations from legislative candidates and citizens alike. More than 5,000 Minnesotans have already signed American Experiment's petition telling Governor Walz not to adopt the regulations. You can add your name to this growing list by going to www.NoCaCars.com....

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Trump EPA Sends Letter Trolling California’s Ban on Gas-Powered Cars

On September 28, 2020, Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency issued the letter below to California Governor, Gavin Newsom, regarding his executive order eliminating the sale of gasoline and diesel powered cars in the state by 2035. The letter informs the Governor that California no longer has the authority to create it's own greenhouse gas emissions standards, rending these order mute, and it also hilariously points out that California can't keep the lights on now, so how will it manage to do so when electricity demand is much higher after gasoline powered cars are no longer allowed to...

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Daniel Yergin on the Power Hungry Podcast: The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

Daniel Yergin is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the CEO of IHSMarkit, a research and consulting firm. In this episode, Robert talks with Dan about his new book The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, how gas pipelines are redefining geopolitics, how a map drawn by Chinese “cartographic combatant” Bai Meichu in the 1930s helps explain the ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, why the world won’t quit using oil anytime soon, and about his first car (it was a Volkswagon station wagon). [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOBvclRaCHo[/embed]...

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In The Tank Ep264: VP Debate, Energy and The Supreme Court

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr for episode 264 of the In The Tank Podcast. It turns out, the VP debate was worth discussing! Kamala Harris' answers on packing the Supreme Court and fracking lead to an interesting conversation for the In The Tank crew. Later in the episode, they also discuss the potential problem of mail-in voter fraud. OPENING CHIT CHAT - The (VP) Debate The Heartland Institute - A Modest Proposal About Presidential Debates https://www.heartland.org/news-opinio...

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Sign Our Petition and Say NO to an Xcel Energy Green New Deal!

Xcel Energy is currently trying to get the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to rubber stamp their own version of the Green New Deal. Under this plan, the company would spend $57 billion on wind turbines, solar panels, natural gas plants, and mysterious "firm peaking" capacity, and stick your family or business with the bill. Xcel's preferred plan will increase electric bills for each of their customers by $1,428 per year through 2050 and have zero measurable impact on future global temperatures. It's crucial to remember that Xcel Energy is NOT a private company. They are a government-approved monopoly, and you are...

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Some Quick Thoughts on the Harris-Pence Debate: Fracking, Energy and the Green New Deal

Last night, a substantial portion of the debate revolved around energy and environmental policy, particularly fracking and the Green New Deal. You can watch the segment by clicking the picture below. The reason that fracking had its moment in the sun last night is obvious: fracking has transformed Pennsylvania from an also-ran in energy production to the second-largest natural gas producing state in the nation. You can see Pennsylvania's skyrocket to energy stardom in the graph below, which was obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Other states that utilize hydraulic fracturing to a large extent are Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota,...

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