On Wednesday, Governor Walz announced that he would be using the bureaucratic rule making process to impose California’s rules for low and zero emissions vehicles (LEV and ZEV) on to Minnesota car buyers. While the Governor has tried to frame this as a win for consumer choice, Minnesota families, and the environment, the facts suggest that the Governor's proposed regulations are solution in search of a problem.
Three facts you need to know about this proposal are:
This is not about expanding consumer choice.
It will mandate the sale of smaller, lighter cars that are not as safe as bigger, heavier...
Last week's decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court to deny a round of appeals attempting to further delay the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline was a rare win for energy sanity in the state of Minnesota, and a major loss for the anti-pipeline activists.
According to the Duluth News Tribune:
"The Supreme Court's decision not to review the opinion sends the crude oil pipeline's environmental impact statement back to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and shrinks what could've been an extended delay if members had agreed to hear the appeals.
Public Utilities Commission Chair Katie Sieben in a news release said...
While the climate strike and Greta Thunberg may have the limelight this week, the unwavering truth of climate and energy policy remains: people are unwilling to pay the costs associated with reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
A recent poll from the Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation shows that support for reducing carbon dioxide emissions withers under the slightest bit of scrutiny. The poll shows people favor taxing the wealthy to pay for increasing electricity costs, which is pretty much par for the course on every issue, and raising taxes on energy, even if that leads to higher prices.
However, when people are asked to...
Earlier this summer American Experiment signed on to a coalition letter circulated by the American Energy Alliance supporting the Trump Administration's efforts to prevent California from dictating fuel economy standards to the rest of the nation. Unfortunately, this is exactly what California bureaucrats have been doing, and it is increasing the cost of driving of Minnesota families.
AEA released the following FAQ on their website to address common misconceptions about the law, and we will be exploring the impacts on Minnesota in greater detail in the near future.
Common misconceptions about California’s unlawful waiver:
The administration is only withdrawing the Clean Air...
Wind generation through June of 2019 was actually 4 percent lower than through June of 2018, according to Energy Information Administration data. This decline in output comes even though there are more turbines in operation today than there were at this time in 2018.
The year-over-year decline in 2019, to date, is due to lower wind production in January, February, March, and June, compared to 2018. The decline is likely due to a variety of factors including weather, turbine degradation, and possibly curtailment of wind facilities when the grid was constrained.
Weather is the most likely culprit for lower wind output year-to-date...
There's more than a twinge of hypocrisy among liberal environmentalists that want to stop responsible mining for copper, nickel, and cobalt in Minnesota at all costs, yet demand that the state transition to 100 percent carbon free electricity without nuclear or large hydro. Wind and solar power use enormous amounts of copper and nickel and Minnesota has the largest undeveloped reserves of these metals in the world.
It's our responsibility to mine them responsibly, not to export environmental damage, and our conscience, to developing countries.
Hello! Have you made your climate confessions yet?
This week's edition of the In the Tank podcast features Heartland's Donny Kendal, Justin Haskins, Jim Lakely, and American Experiment's Isaac Orr. The gang talks about the NBC news climate confessions website, which was gloriously trolled, and Bernie's new Bill of Rights. Enjoy!
Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and other lawmakers recently traveled to Germany to supposedly learn about Germany's "Energy Transition," and bring home useful lessons that can be gleaned for Minnesota's energy future.
From what I can tell, they group didn't get their money's worth, because almost all of the media covering Germany's attempt to close their nuclear plants and rely on wind and solar are saying that the policy is a disaster.
It's not just people who work at think tanks, either. In fact, consulting giant Wood McKinsey wrote that Germany's energy policy poses a signficatn threat to the nation's economy and energy...
Talk about bad timing if you're a green-energy profiteer.
Just one day before the scandal that led to the resignation of Representative Jamie Long (DFL) from his hand-crafted job at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Energy made headlines, the McKnight Foundation announced they would be doubling down (the Stribs words, not mine) on the grants to green groups, increasing their contributions "from $15 million to $30 million over the next couple of years," according to the Star Tribune.
Apparently, that also meant a $50,000 grant for Representative Long's ethically dubious position at the University.
The McKnight Foundation's involvement in funding a position...