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COVID-19 Shutdown Hasn’t Resulted In Better Air Quality, Minnesota Air Monitoring Data Shows

News outlets like  National Geographic and CNN are running stories talking about how Coronavirus-related economic shutdowns are resulting in better air quality in some cities around the world. While cities like New Delhi, Seoul, Wuhan, and Los Angeles have seen improvements in air quality resulting from widespread economic shutdowns, this same trend has not been observed in Minnesota, according to data collected by air quality monitoring stations. In fact, the data show that concentrations of small particles, often referred to as PM2.5, have been higher during the dates of the shutdown than they were in previous years despite the fact that...

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Michael Shellenberger on ‘Planet of the Humans’: Capitalism Isn’t The Problem With Renewable Energy – It’s Physics

Pro-nuclear advocate Michael Shellenberger appeared on Australia's SkyNews to talk about the impact of Michael Moore's Planet of the Humans documentary on the public's perception of wind and solar power. I'd encourage you to watch the interview below. https://youtu.be/ko8aXUm5DfU...

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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sectors Shed 85,000 Jobs in March Due to COVID-19

Wind and solar special interest groups often claim that these sources of energy are an economic engine for the United States. However, as my colleague Martha has written, these sectors don't actually produce very much electricity per job, which is the entire point of the energy industry. Now, a new report shows that energy efficiency jobs and the renewable energy sector lost more than 85,000 jobs in the month of March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the study, 69,800 jobs in energy efficiency were lost in March, and 16,500 jobs were lost in the renewable energy industry. These jobs...

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Recycling Markets Have Changed. Will Minnesota Cities Adapt?

One of the core arguments for limited government involvement in the private sector is that private companies are much more receptive to changes in market conditions than governments because they are sensitive to price. If the price of a product plummets, the private sector produces less of  that product, but this is not how governments operate because politicians aren't sensitive to dollars, they're sensitive to votes. When it comes to issues like recycling, emotions often trump economics, which is why local elected officials around the country often campaign on higher recycling rates, even though these decisions never made economic sense. Now,...

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Why the Renewable Industrial Complex’s Attacks On Michael Moore’s Planet Of the Humans Are Wrong

Last week, filmmaker Michael Moore released his latest film entitled Planet of the Humans. The film brings several inconvenient truths about renewable energy to light, namely that wind turbines and solar panels don't last very long, their intermittent nature means we still need fossil fuels, and that they require lots of land, mining, and habitat destruction to build and operate. As a result, the film has provoked a massive backlash from the Renewable Industrial Complex, but their attacks on the film are wrong. The article below debunks the claims made by wind and solar special interest groups about the film. U Mad, Bro? The backlash...

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In The Tank (Ep240) – Review: Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans

Heartland's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely, join Isaac Orr for episode 240 of the In The Tank Podcast. Michael Moore's produced Planet of the Humans has been released on YouTube just in time for Earth Day 2020. The In The Tank crew reviews and reacts to the film. Just how environmentally harmful are so-called "renewable energies?" https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep240-review-michael-moores-planet-of-the-humans?in=user-694711047/sets/in-the-tank-podcast Planet of the Humans youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE Heartland Institute - Policy Brief: How the Green New Deal's Renewable Energy Mining Would Harm Humans and the Environment www.heartland.org/publications-res…mans-environment...

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Study in International Journal of Sustainable Energy Finds Wind Turbines Are Not Cost Effective

A newly-released study in the International Journal of Sustainable Energy confirms what we at Center of the American Experiment have been saying for a long time, the metric that is often used to compare the cost of different energy resources, the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), is not an appropriate metric to model the cost of weather dependent resources like wind and solar, and that wind turbines are not cost effective when their intermittency and unreliability are taken into account. Levelized Cost of Energy Estimates in A Weather-Dependent World Levelized Cost of Energy estimates used to make sense 20 years ago because...

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You Must Watch Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans

Left-wing documentary maker Michael Moore has recently released his latest film entitled Planet of the Humans, and as surprising as it may seem, the film is a must watch for people who are seeking to learn more about the shortcomings of wind and solar power. According to Reuters: "Planet of the Humans," which will be released on YouTube youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE on Tuesday free of charge to the public, argues that the mainstream environmental movement has sold out to corporate interests and that solar and wind energy components and electric cars rely too heavily on deforestation and electricity generated from coal and natural gas to produce them. The multi-year...

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Earth Day: Capitalism is Saving the Planet and Why Environmentalists Should Support Nuclear Power

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Last year I did a seven-part mini-series on how capitalism is saving the planet, which detailed how capitalist countries routinely have a cleaner environment than countries that don't respect property rights to the extent that we do in the United States. You can look back through those articles if you are interested. Part One: Wealth Makes Health, Eventually Part Two: In Soviet Russia, Air Pollutes You Part Three: Would You Rather Mine in Venezuela? I Didn't Think So Part Four: Ridley: Rejoice, The Earth Is Becoming Greener Part Five: American Farmers Are Saving the Trees Through Innovation Part Six: Minnesota Forests Are Flourishing Part...

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Guest Post: Minnesota Doesn’t Own North Dakota

This post was originally submitted to the Say Anything Blog in response to this post by Peder Mewis, of the Clean Grid Alliance.  It’s interesting that in his recent guest post, Peder Mewis spoke of the contribution that wind energy makes to “our state.” The reason this word choice is interesting is because he doesn’t live in North Dakota. I’m not sure if he believes Minnesota owns North Dakota, making it “our state,” but North Dakotans would be wise to ignore the voices that have cheered on an industry that has caused Minnesota’s electricity prices to skyrocket. In the spirit of full disclosure,...

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