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Controversy Over Wind Turbine Shutdown in Cold Hits North Dakota

American Experiment has documented Minnesota's vulnerability to reliance on wind turbines in the midst of the polar vortex. As policy fellow Isaac Orr put it, "when the cold got goin', the wind stopped blowin'." Every single Minnesota utility reported their wind turbines did not show up to work during the polar vortex, either due to low wind speeds, or because it got too cold to operate the turbines safely. This means wind power is literally unable to show up to work when we need it most. Thank goodness we had coal and nuclear power plants available to provide the electricity we needed to keep...

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Star Tribune calls out Walz for irresponsible Enbridge pipeline delay

Even the Star Tribune editorial board realizes that further delaying a replacement for the aging and corroded Enbridge pipeline is foolish and irresponsible.  Their sensible Sunday editorial urged Gov. Tim Walz and his Commerce Department to “drop the court challenge and allow the project to proceed.”  Here is the Star Tribune's solid reasoning that should convince Gov. Walz to reconsider his poor decision: Minnesota has a pipeline problem. Specifically, the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline that carries tar sands crude oil from Canada, through this state to its destination in Superior, Wis. Built in 1968, the pipeline is a relic — aging and...

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How Much Would One Day’s Worth of Battery Storage Cost Minnesota Households? $820 per Year, for 20 Years

Last week I was on WCCO's program with Paul and Jordana, and we had a very spirited discussion. I'd highly encourage you to listen to the 12 minute interview if you have time. During the interview, I asked Paul what he planned to do when the wind wasn't blowing or sun wasn't shining, and he emphatically stated that batteries with large posteriors (he used other words, of course), would be up to the challenge of providing electricity when the weather did not cooperate with wind and solar generation, citing examples in Australia and California as evidence for his claim. For the sake...

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In The Tank (ep181) – IL Progressive Tax, Cali County Bans Solar Farm, Gov Steals Dog for Tax Debt

Hello! This week's episode of In the Tank is a doozy. We talk about the exodus from the Land of Lincoln as they propose to make it even more expensive to live there, we talk about local opposition to solar and wind projects in California, and we chat about the German government's decision to seize and sell a dog because the owner was behind on their taxes. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep181-il-progressive-tax-cali-county-bans-solar-farm-gov-steals-dog-for-tax-debt...

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Walz Embraces Energy-Illiterate Green New Deal for Minnesota

DFL Governor Tim Walz is making Mark Dayton look  downright moderate. Just this morning the newly-elected governor held a press conference stating his goals for making Minnesota's electricity sector 100 percent free of carbon dioxide emisisons by 2050. Walz's Minnesota Green New Deal is straight out of the radical, energy-illiterate playbook. This policy, which would require Minnesota electric facilities to use only carbon-free energy resources by 2050, would cause massive increases in electricity prices for no measurable environmental benefit. Governor Walz should actually ‘follow the science,’ and realize this proposal is all pain and no gain for Minnesota’s families and communities....

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Xcel Blames Snow Cover for Poor Performance of Solar Panels During Polar Vortex

Xcel Energy representatives recently stated that the company's solar panels only produced 8 to 10 percent of their potential output because of snow cover. Xcel Energy posted a profit of $1.1 billion in 2017, and you're telling me they can't pay a high-schooler to scrape off their solar panels for a little extra cash?...

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Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet

The following article was written by Michael Schellenberger, an environmentalist and advocate for nuclear power: When I was a boy, my parents would sometimes take my sister and me camping in the desert. A lot of people think deserts are empty, but my parents taught us to see the wildlife all around us, including hawks, eagles, and tortoises. After college, I moved to California to work on environmental campaigns. I helped save the state’s last ancient redwood forest and blocked a proposed radioactive waste repository set for the desert. In 2002, shortly after I turned 30, I decided I wanted to dedicate myself...

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In The Tank (ep180) – $100+ Trillion Green New Deal, Solar Panel Waste, Medicare for All, Min Wage

Hello! In this episode of In the Tank, we talk about Medicare for All, the latest in the Green New Deal saga, solar panel waste, and American Experiment economist John Phelan joins the podcast to discuss the follies of the minimum wage. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep180-100-trillion-green-new-deal-solar-panel-waste-medicare-for-all-min-wage...

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