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Don’t Forget, Trump’s Tax Cuts Brought Down Your Electricity Bill

Despite what its detractors say, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last year has been an unqualified success. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 1969, wages are rising in critical industries like manufacturing, and we now have a situation where employers are struggling to find employees, not unemployed people struggling to find jobs. Economic gains were part of the sales pitch for the tax cuts, but Minnesotans have also experienced a host of unexpected benefits from them, including refunds from electric utilities. Because the tax cuts reduced the corporate tax income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, Xcel...

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Xcel has Been Increasing Rates to Pay for Expensive Wind Farms

If you’re an Xcel customer, you have most likely noticed your electricity rates have been increasing steadily in the last few years. That’s because Xcel signed a historic multi-year rate plan in 2015 extending to 2018, increasing electricity rates for all Xcel customers. Spelled out directly in its rate-case, Xcel’s rate increases were implemented almost entirely to pay for expensive investments in wind energy and other power facilities, totaling over $1 billion....

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Will Global Warming Destroy Us All? Probably Not

We often hear that global warming will eventually be the end to all of us. The message is pervasive, and it has been trumpeted again by a newly-released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. While renewable energy advocates, anti-pipeline activists, and others attempt to use global warming as a "trump card," when lobbying for government policies and mandates for their preferred sources of energy, its important to look at whether these claims are supported by the scientific evidence, especially as President Trump has removed the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (not a treaty), and rescinded...

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Join Us for Pro-Mining Rallies Next Week in Duluth and Hibbing

Residents on the Iron Range have important decisions to make about the economic future of their region. That's why two rallies to demonstrate public support for the environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota’s mineral resources will be held in Duluth on October 22 and in Hibbing on October 23. Minnesota has some of the largest deposits of copper, nickel, platinum, and titanium in the world. Developing these resources would create 8,500 jobs and $3.7 billion dollars in economic output every year, according to a recent American Experiment report. Speakers will focus on the vast economic benefits mining could bring to the region and state,...

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MN Judge Does A Disservice To All Minnesotans By Letting Pipeline Protesters Off the Hook

On October 11, 2016, three pipeline protesters from Seattle, Annette Klapstein, Emily Johnston, and Ben Joldersma, disguised as safety workers scaled a chain-link fence and used bolt cutters to unlock the shut-off valves on the Enbridge lines 4 and 67, which carry millions of gallons of oil daily across Minnesota from western Canada. The anti-pipeline activists faced felony charges that could result in up to 10 years in prison, that is, until Judge Robert Tiffany  granted the protesters' motion to dismiss the case. The ruling comes as a shock, even to the protesters themselves. However, by dismissing this case, Judge Tiffany did a vast...

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Minnesota Keeps Shutting Down Inexpensive Power Plants: Why Not Expensive Renewable Energy Centers? 

In recent years, Minnesota has retired some of the most efficient power plants in the state, including Black Dog, High Bridge, Riverside, Taconite Harbor, Syl Laskin, and Hoot Lake – all of which provided electricity for under $35 per MWh, according to data collected from the United States Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC).  By closing these plants, Minnesota is shutting down power plants that can produce a lot of affordable electricity and replacing them with incredibly inefficient power plants that are far more expensive. ...

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Anti-Mining Group Is Wrong About Minnesota’s Mineral Wealth

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) recently wrote an editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune arguing Minnesota’s titanium, copper, nickel and platinum deposits are low-grade and economically risky to develop. If these resources were truly valuable, so they argued, the deposits would have been developed decades ago. However, this argument could not be more wrong....

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Are There Also Benefits to More Carbon Dioxide in the Air? Yes, There Are

Carbon dioxide almost always get a bad rap for being a greenhouse gas, but did you know more CO2 in the atmosphere has caused plants to grow faster, causing global greening? The fact that CO2 spurs plant growth is well established, and it is also why greenhouses pump a lot carbon dioxide into nurseries to make plants grow faster and stronger. According to a recent post by Patrick Michaels, a Ph.D. ecological climatology, on the blog, Climate Etc. "Factorial simulations with multiple global ecosystem models suggest that CO2 fertilization effects explain 70% of the observed greening trend, followed by nitrogen deposition (9%), climate change...

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California Electricity Shutoffs Increase Up 64 Percent Over Five Years- Minnesotans Should Take Note

Hundreds of thousands of Californians are feeling the negative effects of their renewable energy mandates, which was recently increased to a 100 percent mandate for zero emission electricity by 2045, as the number of people who can't afford their electric bill has skyrocketed.  Why would Minnesota adopt another failed Californian policy? ...

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