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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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Biden’s Mining Stance: *Anonymous* Sources In Reuters Article Tell Us Nothing

The role of mining is looming large in the run-up to the Presidential election next week. This is especially true in Minnesota, which was the 4th largest mining economy in the country in 2019, producing more than $5 billion in the value of minerals produced, according to the United States Geological Survey. Center of the American Experiment's research has shown that developing Minnesota's massive copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, cobalt, and titanium resources could add $5.9 billion to the state's economy and create up to 14,850 new jobs in our state. With so much on the line, it is no surprise mining has...

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Must Listen: Judith Curry on the Power Hungry Podcast

This week on Robert Bryce's Power Hungry Podcast is a much listen because it features climate scientist Judith Curry, who often is the lone voice of sanity when it comes to the impact of human carbon dioxide emissions on global temperatures. Ms. Curry pulls no punches in this episode, calling much of the current shrillness of renewable energy advocates "propaganda." [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MbLxUbSylo[/embed]...

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ITTe266: COVID-19 Lockdowns 7 Months Later, Health Care Reimagined

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Charlie Katebi from Americans for Prosperity for episode 266 of the In The Tank Podcast. We are now 7 months into the lockdowns over the coronavirus with virtually no end in sight. However, more articles and experts are coming out raising doubt about the effectiveness of these restrictions. The crew discusses The Great Barrington Declaration as well as the Health Care Reimagined plan which calls for the permanent suspension of unnecessary and harmful health care regulations. https://youtu.be/_oeZ317FHcs...

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