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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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Sunday Funnies: Climate “Logic”

Renewable energy believers always seem to think the United States is bad but countries like China are good but they don't seem to care that China has greatly increased their carbon dioxide emissions since 2000, while the U.S. has cut them. This is why policies that aim to cut emissions in the U.S. while allowing them to increase in other nations puts America last. ...

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Large Nuclear Reactor Reaches Full Power in United Arab Emirates

On December 7, the first nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates began generating 1,400 MW of power, which is only slightly less than the output of Minnesota's Clay Boswell and Allen S. King coal-fired power plants, combined. The power plant, called Barakah Unit 1, is one of four large nuclear power plants under construction. Each of the plants will feature the Korean-designed APR1400. According to the World Nuclear Association: "Construction of Unit 1 - the first nuclear reactor to be built in the UAE - began in 2012 and was completed in 2018. The reactor started up in July of...

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Illinois Farm Bureau: Know Your Rights When Considering Wind or Solar Agreements

Wind and solar special interest groups often tout these energy sources as a boon to rural America by giving farmers another "crop" to grow, but there has been growing pushback against wind and solar from farmers and landowners across the country, from California to Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. In Illinois, the Vermilion County Farm Bureau is helping to educate members so they do not get taken advantage of by wind and solar developers who present one-sided agreements. According to WCIA news; VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — If wind or solar farm developers want to build on your property, the Illinois Farm Bureau says...

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U.S. Air is So Clean, COVID-19 Shutdowns Didn’t Change Pollution Levels

The article below was written by Rebecca Willis and Bent Bennett at LifePowered: The dramatic declines in vehicle travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a unique glimpse into what would happen to pollution levels if we took half of our cars off the road. Anecdotal claims of cleaner air in many U.S. cities have been pervasive over the past several months, fueling conversations about the future of electric vehicles. However, the real data shows that our air is already so clean that reducing vehicle travel 40-50% did not produce a measurable improvement in air pollution levels. Nationwide, passenger vehicle travel was down more than 40% in late March and early April 2020 compared to the end of February and remained down over 30% through the...

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