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Statewide View Column: Closing Down Coal Gives China’s, India’s Iron Industries An Edge

The following article was written by me, and it originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune. Xcel Energy recently made headlines by announcing it wished to close down its coal-fired power plants 10 years before they were previously scheduled to retire. However, it would be nothing short of a disaster for Minnesota’s mining industry, both present and future, if Minnesota Power pursued a similar path by closing the coal-fired Boswell Energy Center at a time when China and India are greatly expanding their use of coal. Mining requires an enormous amount of energy. In fact, the MinnTac mine in Mountain Iron reportedly...

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Fresh Energy Is Still Intentionally Misleading Minnesotans on Energy Issues: A Series

Earlier this summer Mitch Rolling and I wrote a multi-part series explaining how Fresh Energy's characterization of energy issues in Minnesota is intentionally misleading Minnesotans. This page serves as a table of contents for ease of use, and it will be updated as we expand the series into the future....

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Justice and Drew: Jamie Long’s Cushy University Job Was Created to Refute American Experiment’s Energy Work

Last week Justice and Drew told it like it is by exposing the fact that Representative Jamie Long's position at the University Minnesota's Institute on the Environment was created to refute American Experiment's work on the high cost of renewable energy in Minnesota. The fact that the liberal McKnight Foundation wanted to launder $50,000 through the University to hire Representative Long shows that the other side knows American Experiment is a big difference in the energy debate, and they are deploying an "all hands on deck" strategy to try and refute our work....

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In The Tank (Ep208) – Dem Debate, Mandatory Firearm Buyback, and Trump’s Flavor Ban

Hello! In this week's episode of the In The Tank Podcast, the gang talks about the latest Democratic primary debate, discusses mandatory firearm buybacks, and Trump's proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes. This episode features work from The Heartland Institute, the Reason Foundation, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep208-dem-debate-mandatory-firearm-buyback-and-trumps-flavor-ban...

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Clear Energy Alliance: Battery Fantasy

Batteries are often touted as a magical technology that will suddenly make unreliable wind and solar, reliable. The idea is just the latest round of wishful thinking on behalf of renewable energy boosters, and someday in the future we'll look back at the "but batteries" argument and chuckle. I've already documented how just 24 hours of battery storage in Minnesota would cost $133 billion dollars, roughly one-third of Minnesota's annual gross state product, and it we would potentially need weeks of storage to tide the state over during the summer, when electricity demand is high but wind generation is low. Clear Energy Alliance discusses...

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Shellenberer: The Real Reason They Behave Hypocritically On Climate Change Is Because They Want To

Almost without fail, the loudest preachers of the climate doom are also the ones who are least likely to walk the walk. Michael Shellenberger nails it in this article, which was originally published in Forbes.  British Royal couple Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle triggered widespread outrage recently after lecturing the world about climate change while flying around the world in private jets. "With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference," the Duke of Sussex said on Instagram a few days before jetting off with the Duchess to Ibiza, Spain and then to Nice, France. BBC calculates that those two...

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Lomborg: The Danger of Climate Doomsayers

It seems climate change activists are always advocating for policies whose costs will exceed the benefits. Minnesota is unique in that it is one of only a few states that have tried to quantify the amount of "damage" caused to society by emitting a ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. While I think there are strong arguments as to why the numbers used in Minnesota are unrealistically high, it is noteworthy that our report Doubling Down on Failure found that the cost of reducing one ton of carbon dioxide far outweighed the benefits of doing so, even using the numbers...

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Retiring Worn-Out Wind Turbines Could Cost Billions that Nobody Has

American Experiment has been warning the public about the short useable lifetimes of industrial wind turbines for some time now, but one thing we haven't really touched on yet is who pays to decommission the turbines once they're no longer useable? This is going to be a pressing issue in the coming years because Minnesota's wind fleet is older than the wind fleets in many parts of the country. The article below discusses the challenges that worn-out wind turbines will present for local governments throughout the country. Who will pay to decommission the turbines if the company's who owned them go bankrupt? HARLINGEN -...

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