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In The Tank ep268: Election 2020 Results. It’s Not Over!

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr for episode 268 of the In The Tank Podcast. The In The Tank crew discuss election night and what the results mean for policy and the Republican Party for the future. They also talk about some of the abnormalities and allegations of fraud that have haunted the election thus far. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCFq77LYGao[/embed]...

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Seven Energy and Environment Takeaways from the Minnesota Elections

Based on information from the Star Tribune's election coverage, it looks like the State Senate may remain in the hands of the Republicans, while the State House of Representatives will remain in the hands of the Democrats. Republicans maintaining an advantage in the Senate has important implications for energy and environmental policy in the state. Here is how the election results affect the seven biggest energy and environment topics in Minnesota. California Car Mandates: The retention of the Senate does nothing to change the Walz Administration's attempt to force Minnesotans to comply with California's car mandates. I would expect the announcement of these...

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Surprising No One, Xcel Is Raising Electricity Prices 20 Percent

The most expensive electricity rates in Minnesota

Xcel Energy is proposing to raise electricity prices by 20 percent in the coming years to fund a $597 million spending spree, according to a new article in the Star Tribune. The huge increase in electricity prices comes at the worst possible time for Minnesota. Our state has been battered by COVID-19 and the government-mandated shutdown of our economy to combat the virus. The economy has also suffered in the wake of the riots that erupted in the Twin Cities as a result of the death of George Floyd in police custody and the surge in murders, carjackings, and other violence...

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In The Tank Ep267: Election 2020 Predictions, IL Fair Tax Analysis

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr for episode 267 of the In The Tank Podcast. The In The Tank crew discusses California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new Thanksgiving COVID restrictions as well as some of the Halloween trick or treat bans. After that, the panel gives their predictions on how the presidential election is going to pan out. Last, they discuss the proposed “fair tax” in Illinois. https://youtu.be/FRmQmaqwtEs?list=PLgnnPnL9OL7F1f6JaU3wPa92dEmncs5dV...

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Line 3 Construction Complete in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin, Still Delayed in Minnesota

A recent report from the Associated Press shows the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project is completed in Canada, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Construction on the project has not even started in Minnesota due to politically-motivated delays to the project. In other words, this environmental improvement project is already done in areas where transparent energy policy still prevails. The interesting takeaway here is how long Minnesota has delayed this project compared to how long it will actually take to replace the pipeline once construction begins. A report from MPR states the replacement project will take 6 to 9 months to complete....

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Green New Preview: Biden Wants to End Gas Car Sales But Hasn’t Said When

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden wants to take a page from California's energy playbook and ban the sale of gas-powered cars, according to a report in E&E News. Biden's climate plan, which was crafted by John Kerry and Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, states the administration wants to develop "rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring 100 percent of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified." But the plan does not say when this would go into effect. According to E&E, Biden could try to outlaw the internal combustion engine as soon as 2035. "2035 already has been floated as an...

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Wind Turbine Blade Crashed Down in Iowa (Again)

Sometimes wind turbine blades fall off, and this phenomenon occurred last week in Iowa, as a 165 foot blade fell into a harvested field. According to Renew Economy, this followed a similar incident in September at MidAmerican’s Arbor Hills wind farm in Adair County, where a turbine blade broke off a turbine and fell into a cornfield. And at the company’s Orient wind farm, also in Adair County, blades broke from turbines in April of this year and October 2019. A news story after the September blade failure is of particular interest. I'd encourage you to watch it by clicking on...

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Thoughts on Biden and Trump Debate: You Can’t “Transition Away” From Oil Without Killing Fracking

As an energy policy enthusiast, I was delighted that energy and environmental policy got some run during the last presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. I've included a link to the video at the appropriate time at the end of this post. Both candidates stumbled through their opening remarks. I felt like President Trump left a lot of yards on the field. He was trying to make some decent points, but they weren't presented in a coherent fashion and you had to know what he was trying to say in order to "get it." In fairness,...

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