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Local View: After Summer Internship, I’m a Believer in PolyMet

The following article was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune. It is the story of Mikayla Mellesmoen, who is studying environmental science at Mankato State University. Ms. Mellesmoen had a summer internship with PolyMet, where she worked closely with the environmental compliance team taking water samples, monitor gas vents, and assess the water levels in the area surrounding the mine. When you hear “PolyMet,” what comes to mind? Growing up in Embarrass, I heard the mining company’s name in conversation quite frequently but never beyond that it might open the first copper-nickel mine in Minnesota. With little foundational knowledge of...

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Support American Mining

Last week, President Trump issued an executive order designed to support the American mining industry and support the processing of these minerals in the United States. The administration released the following fact sheet: SECURING SUPPLY CHAINS: President Donald J. Trump is taking further action to ensure that our economic prosperity and national security do not depend on imports from our adversaries. Today, President Trump is signing an Executive Order and declaring a National Emergency to expand the domestic mining industry, support mining jobs, alleviate unnecessary permitting delays, and reduce our Nation’s dependence on China for critical minerals. The Order begins the...

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Harvard Study Finds Wind Turbines Will Cause More Warming In Minnesota Than Emissions Reductions Would Avert

A 2018 study conducted by scientists from Harvard, published in the academic journal Joule, found that wind turbines cause significant local increases in surface temperatures in the areas where they are located. Getting all of our electricity from wind turbines would increase local temperatures by 138 times more than the amount temperatures would drop from reducing emissions. ...

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Smoke From California Wildfires Decreases Solar Generation in CAISO

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has published new data showing that smoke from wildfires in California have diminished electricity generation from the state's solar panels. According to the agency: In the first two weeks of September 2020, average solar-powered electricity generation in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which covers 90% of utility-scale solar capacity in California, declined nearly 30% from the July 2020 average as wildfires burned across the state. Wildfire smoke contains small, airborne particulate matter particles that are generally 2.5 micrometers or smaller (referred to as PM2.5). This matter reduces the amount of sunlight that reaches solar panels, decreasing solar-powered electricity generation....

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In The Tank Podcast, Ep. 263: Debate Breakdown, Climate Alarmists Doubling Down

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr for episode 263 of the In The Tank Podcast. The ITT crew spends the first half of the episode debating about the debate and how they think Trump did. In the second half, the crew talks about a handful of really important climate change topics from gas-powered-car bans and COVID-inspired climate lockdowns. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61tElV3_uNk&list=PLgnnPnL9OL7F1f6JaU3wPa92dEmncs5dV&index=1[/embed]...

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Study: Mining Supported 11,600 Minnesota Jobs in 2019

A newly released study from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has found that mining supported 11,600 jobs throughout the state of Minnesota in 2019. These jobs come from direct jobs in the mining industry, indirect jobs, which are jobs in industries that provide supplies and services to the mining industry, like supplying radiators and enormous tires for mining equipment, and induced jobs, which are created when miners spend their paychecks in the local economy at hospitals, grocery stores and auto dealerships. According to the study, most of the mining jobs in Minnesota come from the iron ore industry, which should...

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Wind and Solar Developers Want To Force You To Pay Their Transmission Costs

Wind and solar energy are closer to going away entirely than they are to being the future of energy. Here in the Midwest, hundreds of wind and solar installations, representing thousands of megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, have been cancelled because their developers didn't want to foot the bill for the transmission upgrades that would be necessary to bring these projects online. According to an article in Midwest Energy News, which is run by Fresh Energy, wind and solar projects are not financially viable unless the costs for transmission upgrades are saddled on to customers like you. "In all, 245 clean energy...

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Robert Bryce: California Assemblyman Says State’s Push For Electric Vehicles Fuels ‘Environmental Racism’

Yesterday, I posted an article by California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Black Democrat in California, who said the state's renewable energy mandates were punishing low income, minority communities. Today, I'm posting an article by Robert Bryce, who reports that Mr. Cooper also had sharp criticism of California Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order banning the sale of gasoline powered cars after 2035. The article below originally appeared at Forbes.  The sharpest criticism of California’s policies on electric vehicles and climate change isn’t coming from Republicans or groups funded by the oil and gas business. Instead, it’s coming from a Black Democrat, Assemblyman Jim Cooper,...

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California Democrat: Working Families Should Not Subsidize Renewable Energy

Democrats in California are starting to wake up to the reality that wind and solar mandates are some of the most regressive policies we can enact in a society. Liberal wind and solar groups like Fresh Energy pretend to care about concepts like "environmental justice," but the policies they advocate for are a driving force behind income inequality. These policies, which increase prices for energy, hurt low-income households the most. These groups pay lip service to helping low-income communities while advocating for policies that make their life harder every single day. California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Black Democrat from Elk Grove, California...

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Line 3 Replacement Would Provide Massive Economic Benefits

Some liberal media outlets have sought to depict the removal of Steve Kelley from his role as the head of the Department of Commerce as a partisan jab at Governor Walz for extending his emergency powers, even though two DFL senators sided with Republicans to remove him. Politics may have indeed played a role in the decision to oust Kelley, but the former Commissioner's decision to once again delay the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline were solid grounds for dismissal. According to a new study, the replacement of the Line 3 project would bring about massive economic benefits in both...

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