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Tesla’s Solar Roof Costs $85,000, Much Higher Than Previously Advertised

Elon Musk is the greatest snake-oil salesman of our time. Some of his companies, like SpaceX, are incredibly impressive, but the rest of them are generally flashy underachievers that make enormous promises but generally fail to deliver. When it seems like reality would start to expose the scam, another flashy announcement is made, or a Roadster is shot into space, and the cycle continues....

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Grassroots Protests Help Bring Down Oregon Climate Tax

The article below originally appeared on CFACT.org In a scene that would have done honor to the late Chuck Cushman, Oregonians by the thousands descended on the state Capitol in tractors, trucks, cars, and on foot to express their outrage over a pending climate initiatives that would have imposed disproportionate and unbearable burdens on Oregon’s rural communities. Cushman, the legendary “community organizer” of rural America, who for decades was the scourge of urban elites, passed away last December at 75. But his legacy was clearly on display at the giant June 28 rally in Eugene. Trucks and tractors circled the Capitol honking...

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Renewables Will Make Minnesota Less Energy Independent, Not More

Happy 4th of July, everyone. Today I'd like to debunk a common myth among renewable energy advocates about the impact wind and solar will have on Minnesota's energy independence. The common trope goes like this, "Minnesota doesn't have any coal, natural gas, or oil, so we should build wind turbines and solar panels to make our state less dependent on energy from other states." The first part is true, every ton of coal, drop of oil, or molecule of natural gas consumed in Minnesota must come from out of state, but that does not make the second portion of this statement true....

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Will Peggy Flanagan View German Energy Policy as As The Failure That It Is?

On July 12, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will be jet-setting off to Germany to learn about sustainable energy, according to the Star Tribune. This makes me wonder, will the Lt. Governor and the delegation she is leading realize what a spectacular failure the German energy experiment has become while there? The failure of the German Energiewende, as they call it, is becoming obvious throughout the entire world. Germany has spent more than $580 billion on renewables, experienced skyrocketing electricity prices, and failed to make any meaningful reductions in CO2 emissions since 2008. Oh, and the country plans to burn coal for electricity...

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Most Canadians Unwilling to Pay Much for Carbon Tax: Poll

The following article originally appeared in the Toronto Sun: The majority of Canadians support battling climate change but don’t want to cough up more than $200 a year in carbon tax. Think-tank SecondStreet.org hired polling company Nanos Research to conduct the poll that found 47.5% of Canadians are willing to pay $100 or less a year in carbon tax. Another 7.7% would pay $101-$200 annually. If the 13.1% of respondents who answered “unsure” are excluded from the results 54.7% of Canadians are not willing to pay over $100 for the tax. One thousand Canadians 18 or older participated in the survey. Most past polls on the carbon tax have studied...

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Rep. Gruenhagen Gets It on Energy and Minnesota’s Green New Deal

There's been a fun exchange in the Litchfield Independent Review among Representative Gruenhagen and a member of the public who was defending the Green New Deal. The latest article features Rep. Gruenhagen lambasting the claims made by the writer and defending American Experiment's work on energy and economic issues from the typical ad hominem attacks that come our way from people who don't know how to do the math and evaluate our work for themselves. You can read the article for yourself below, and I'd encourage you to also read the article on the Litchfield Independent Review site so they get...

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Republican State Senators in Oregon Flee the State to Prevent A Devastating Carbon Tax

I'm on the road today, so the following article is a reprint originally appearing at FOX News. One thing I will add, though, is that if the media tries to paint the Senators in a negative light for not doing their job, there was no such criticism from the Left when Wisconsin state senators hid in Illinois in an attempt to change collective bargaining laws in 2011. An Oregon climate change bill that prompted 12 Republican lawmakers to flee the Statehouse in Salem last week has hit yet another snag: Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that the chamber did not have enough votes...

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