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Fossil Fuels and Hydro, Not Wind or Solar, Power Sub-Saharan Africa

Access to electricity has increased dramatically in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is incredibly good news, because more than 600 million people, nearly double the population of the United States, still live with no electricity. In what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, the vast majority of this electricity was provided by fossil fuels and hydro electric power, and this is exactly how it should be....

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City Is Far Better Off Seeking Energy Efficiency, Not Renewable Energy Goals

Energy efficiency is a good thing. It reduces the amount of energy used, but more importantly, at least from my perspective, it is cost effective. This is why it is a good thing that the City of Minneapolis has replaced the traditional light bulbs in 24,000 street lamps with LED lights, which are far more efficient. The City expects the new bulbs will use 40 to 60 percent less electricity, with an ultimate savings of $150,000 per year on electricity savings. Rather than pursuing expensive and environmentally inconsequential renewable energy targets, the City Council should continue to look for cost effective ways...

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Gusher! North Dakota Has Four Times More Oil Than Estimated

The world already knew North Dakota has enough oil left in the ground to traumatize climate activists for decades. But come on. The latest estimate of oil reserves under our westerly neighbor truly defies the imagination.  Not to mention the U.S. government's official calculations. The fracking company that's led the way in developing the state's reserves even rocked attendees with the news at an industry meeting covered by the Fargo Forum. Continental Resources estimates that the Bakken Formation has reserves of 30 billion to 40 billion barrels of recoverable oil, or roughly four to five times more than the government’s latest estimate. The...

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Clear Energy Alliance: The Cause

Most people don't know about the vast funding that has been funneled into activists groups opposing the use of fossil fuels. Numerous foundations and hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year trying to convince the public that wind and solar are sustainable (they aren't) and affordable (definitely not), and that humans can only prosper if we wean ourselves off of fossil fuels. Clear Energy Alliance does a great job of shedding light on these groups in the video below. Enjoy! [embed]https://youtu.be/tJYddIVV_8s[/embed]...

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EIA: One in Three U.S. Households Faces a Challenge in Meeting Energy Needs

Electricity bills, especially in states with large renewable energy mandates, are skyrocketing. Rapidly increasing electricity prices have forced families to make tough decisions about whether to pay their electric bill, or to buy groceries. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their homes in 2015....

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Star Tribune Fooled by Cherry-Picked Data: How the Left Demagogues on Climate Change

A recent Star Tribune editorial (“Climate change is real in Minnesota, too,” Sept. 13) compared precipitation for two periods, 1941-70 and 1981-2010, and found that in the Twin Cities it was up 20%, and some counties in south-central Minnesota saw 30-35% increases.  This info was “told” to an editorial writer by climatologist Mark Seeley. Now I’m not a climatologist, but I’m not bad at math, and I’m suspicious when I see arbitrary time periods and relatively small geographic areas (counties?) compared to make a point.  Therefore, I looked up the numbers for the whole state of Minnesota on the National Oceanic...

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