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ITTe257: California’s Green Energy Blackouts, DNC was a Joke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUQrXmofhKI The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr in episode 257 of the In The Tank Podcast. The Democratic National Convention just wrapped up, and, as you would expect, it was full of hilarity and Marxist dogma. Also, the ITT crew talk about how California’s rolling blackouts gives us a taste of what to expect with the Green New Deal....

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Xcel’s Electric Vehicle Scheme Will Give Wealthy Liberals More of Your Money

Last weekend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote an article about Xcel Energy's plans to increase the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by giving rebates of up to $2,500 to people who purchase EVs. These rebates, which would most likely be paid to wealthy urban liberals, would be paid for using your money. Xcel Energy is NOT a Private Company It's always important to remember that Xcel isn't really a private business, they are a government approved monopoly. As an Xcel customer, you have no freedom to choose another provider if you want to shop around for a better deal....

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Statewide View: California Car Mandates Not Right for Minnesota

The following article originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune. Statewide View: California Car Mandates Not Right for Minnesota Isaac Orr This week, the Center of the American Experiment crisscrossed the state of Minnesota to help educate residents about the Walz administration’s attempt to impose California’s car mandates on Minnesotans. These California car regulations would increase the cost of driving for Minnesotans up to $2,500 per vehicle while having zero measurable environmental benefits. The regulations would be all pain and no gain. They would put California — specifically the unelected bureaucrats on the California Air Resources Board, or CARB — in charge of deciding...

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Walz Delays Line 3 Again, Proving Modern “Environmentalism” Has Little To Do With The Environment

Today, the Walz administration plans to file an appeal that will again delay the replacement of the aging Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline. This project would provide thousands of good paying, union jobs and make the environment safer for future generations by reducing the risk of an oil spill in Minnesota. Unfortunately, modern "environmentalism" has little to do with improving the environment. Not About the Environment or "The Science" The most important thing to know about Walz's decision to delay the project is that it has nothing to do with the potential environmental impacts of the pipeline. In fact, the Minnesota Public...

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Michael Shellenberger: Democrats Say California Is Model For Climate Action But Its Blackouts Say Otherwise

California is giving America a preview of the Green New Deal. Millions of families have had their power shut off because of the bad decisions made by politicians. These politicians set up the dominoes leading to the blackouts for decades by shutting down reliable forms of electricity like coal, nuclear, and natural gas, and believing in the fairy tale that wind and solar power would be able to get the job done when the chips were down. We are seeing in real time that they cannot. Michael Shellenberger writes about how Joe Biden's climate plan would usher in an energy system...

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Millions of Californians Lose Electricity Due to Cloud Cover, Low Wind Speeds

Last weekend, two million Californians suffered through rolling blackouts during record-breaking heat because cloud cover reduced the amount of electricity generated from solar power, and low wind speeds resulted in little production from wind energy, according to California's regional grid operator, the California Independent Systems Operator (CAISO). If Minnesota does not change it's current course on energy policy, we will soon suffer the same fate. California has some of the most stringent renewable energy mandates in the country. Currently, California law requires requires that 50 percent of California's electricity to be powered by renewable resources by 2025 and 60 percent by...

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Xcel Energy warns of possible power outages similar to South Australia due to growing renewable presence

Buried within Xcel Energy’s latest resource planning documents lies a dire warning about the rapidly growing presence of wind and solar energy sources on Minnesota’s electrical grid. [Appendix J of the document]. According to the state’s largest electric utility company, Minnesota’s race to dismantle large power facilities - like coal facilities such as Sherco and AS King, and even some hoping for the toppling of the state's two carbon-free nuclear facilities - in favor of intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar is creating conditions more susceptible to state-wide power outages. Xcel warns that the growing presence of remote energy sources like wind and...

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Michael Shellenberger: new documentary film, ‘Juice,’ challenges elitism of anti-growth environmentalism

There are generally two types of environmentalists, those who are pro-growth, and those who think economic growth is the problem. Pro-growth environmentalists seek to improve the lives of people living throughout the world by making sure they have access to affordable, reliable sources of energy. Pro-growth environmentalists understand that coal is cleaner than wood, gas is cleaner than coal, and that nuclear power is, in all likelihood, the future of human energy consumption. Anti-growth environmentalism reject these energy sources in favor of telling people they just need to live with less. These anti-growth activists believe in the discredited notions of overpopulation...

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