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Local Media Glosses Over High Cost of Stoneray Wind Farm

A piece in Friday's Pipestone County Star reported that 39 industrial wind turbines with a total capacity of 101 megawatts would be built, comprising the Stoneray Wind Project in eastern Pipestone County and western Murray County.  Unfortuantely, the article reads more like a press release for the wind company, EDF, than a balanced article on project. First of all, there is zero mention of how much this project will cost Minnesota consumers, which is significant. According to the Minnesota Public Utilities filings, this project will cost between $160 to $232 million to construct. Federal tax credits will shield customers from feeling...

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The United States is Now the Largest Global Crude Oil Producer

The federal government estimates the United States likely surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest crude oil producer.  In February, U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades. In June and August, the United States surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999. Ten short years after all the so-called "smart money" was on Peak Oil Theory, which posited the world was running out of oil and global chaos would ensue as countries were plunged into economic turmoil and conflict as we waged war...

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Gold Exploration Expands in Northern Minnesota

One of the world's biggest gold mining companies will likely soon be expanding its exploration efforts for the precious metal in northern Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources posted the South African-based company's proposal on the agency's website.   AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits by drilling this fall and winter.  AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings at 26 sites in northeastern Itasca County, MN.  The exploration areas are about 7 miles west and about 4 miles south of Togo, Minnesota.  AGAM submitted an Exploration Plan to the DNR for review on September 7, 2018. AGAM will...

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Minnesota Public Utilities Cowards

It's hard to disagree with the malcontents that broke up the latest public meeting yesterday of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  Their main message? "PUC" stands for "Public Utilities Cowards," according to a Duluth News Tribune report of the breathtaking lack of backbone on display again by state energy regulators under the Dayton administration. The protestors, who describe themselves as water protectors, sat with their backs turned to the commission for the first hour of discussion with shirts that read "Public Utilities Cowards" on the back. The Star Tribune also provided the play-by-play as commissioners allowed the disrupters to take over a...

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Clean Energy Businesses Advocates Make the Case for More Green Energy Handouts

Special interest groups for the wind and solar industry, in addition to companies like Mortenson Construction have begun pounding the table this election cycle, holding a news conference yesterday the next governor of Minnesota to adapt several policies that will “take advantage of the economic development potential provided by advanced energy technologies and services.” Of course, what this really means is they want more subsidies and more renewable energy mandates that give wind and solar companies a monopoly on your checkbook. ...

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Oh Snap: New England Energy Markets Undermined By Renewables Subsidies. Will Minnesota Learn From the Looming Disaster?

We're rapidly reaching a dangerous tipping point where the cost of  renewable energy subsidies and state-level renewable energy mandates will explode. High electricity prices hurt low-income families, seniors, and they are devastating for industries like farming, mining, and manufacturing because it greatly increases the cost of doing business. If we want to grow living-wage jobs for all Minnesotans, we must stop the madness and stop mandating expensive renewable energy....

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Star Tribune Urges Serious Debate Over More Mining

American Experiment's campaign to focus attention on environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota's world-class mineral resources has picked up momentum from a surprising source--the Star Tribune Editorial Board. Dueling studies released within days of each other have performed a valuable public service this election season: putting a spotlight on economic risks and benefits of mining for copper and other precious metals in northeast Minnesota. Voters not only have a responsibility to learn more about both analyses — one is from a pro-business group [Center of the American Experiment] and the other from a Harvard economist — but also to push gubernatorial candidates in particular on...

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