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Toyota’s President Says Electric Vehicles Are Overhyped

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal detailed the skepticism of Toyota's president, Akio Toyoda, toward electric vehicles. This is a big deal because Toyota was the third-largest vehicle manufacturer in terms of vehicle sales in the United States during 2019. Mr. Toyoda criticized what he described as "excessive hype over electric vehicles, saying advocates failed to consider the carbon emitted by generating electricity and the costs of an EV transition." He continued: "Japan would run out of electricity in the summer if all cars were running on electric power. The infrastructure needed to support a fleet consisting entirely of EVs would cost Japan...

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Walz Pushes Forward With Unpopular California Car Mandates

Today, the Walz administration formally submitted their finalized California car mandates to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This means that an Administrative Law Judge will hear the arguments for and against the rules, and decide whether these regulations will become the law of the land. Center of the American Experiment and the Upper Midwest Law Center are opposing the rules because we believe they will increase the cost of vehicles in Minnesota and produce no measurable environmental benefits. One of the most alarming things about the Walz administration's announcement is the lack of time for public input on the rules. The administration took...

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Power Hungry Podcast: Jim Cooper Returns

California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Elk Grove, has become a harsh critic of his state’s energy and climate policies. In this episode, Robert talks to Cooper (who was a guest on the podcast in September) about the regressive nature of California’s decarbonization efforts, the Sierra Club’s campaign to ban the use of  natural gas, and what he calls the “deliberate indifference” of climate activists to the needs of low- and middle-income Americans....

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In The Tank Episode 274: Poll on The Great Reset and Socialism

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely present episode 274 of the In The Tank Podcast. The Heartland Institute commissioned a new poll on The Great Reset and Socialism. The Crew dissects these results and what it means for the World Economic Forum’s proposal to reshape the global economy and society. They also talk about a threat made by the U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. https://youtu.be/fgFPf9LRx_A...

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Robert Bryce: California’s Natural Gas Bans Are Drawing Fire From Black And Latino Leaders

The concept of "environmental justice" has gained increasing traction among liberal lawmakers who claim that past energy and environmental policies have left low income and minority communities less able to afford their energy bills than their more-affluent counterparts. It is true that our energy polices have made it more difficult for these communities to afford their energy costs, but it is the policies promoted by these liberal politicians that have made energy so unaffordable. California is the worst offender in this regard. Liberal politicians in California talk about the need for environmental justice while enacting the very policies that are harming low...

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Germany’s Energy Disaster 20 Years Later

When it comes to energy policy, legislators in Minnesota often cite Germany as an example of a shining star on a hill. This fondness for Germany probably stems from the taxpayer-funded trips that lawmakers take to experience the German Energiewende, or "Energy Transition." The ironic thing about their love affair with Germany is that the country's experiment with wind and solar power has been a total disaster, resulting in skyrocketing electricity prices and a failure to produce an electric grid that emits less carbon dioxide than the United States. You don't have to take my word for it, either. Vaclav Smil, a world-renowned...

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Despite COVID Restrictions, DFL Legislators Head North to Protest Line 3

While Governor Walz and Keith Ellison are busy shutting down businesses who want to try and make a living, no such scrutiny appears to be forthcoming for eight DFL legislators traveled to Northern Minnesota to oppose the construction of the Line 3 pipeline. Among the attendees were Senators Jen McEwen, Erin Murphy, Mary Kunesh, John Marty, and Lindsey Port, along with Representatives Sydney Jordan, Liz Bolden, Heather Keeler, according to a video on the Facebook Page for MN350, an anti-pipeline activists group. We are still under the November lockdown orders issued by Governor Walz before Thanksgiving, to stop family gatherings, meaning the...

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