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Costs of Energy Efficiency Investments Are Double Household’s Energy Savings, Study Including Former Obama Economic Advisor Concludes

Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, recently released his Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations, a document spanning 110 pages and covering issues like "combating the climate crisis and pursuing environmental justice." To accomplish this task, they state: "We will address barriers and increase funding for programs that enable energy efficiency improvements for low-income families in urban and rural areas, including through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Rural Utilities Service." However, a recent study that included Michael Greenstone, who served as Chief Economist for President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has found that the costs of energy efficiency expenditures under the Weatherization Assistance Program cost...

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Biden-Sanders Unity Plan for An All-Electric School Bus Fleet is a Terrible Idea

A recent document called the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations calls for transitioning the entire fleet of 500,000 school buses in the United States, to American-made, zero-emission alternatives within five years. However, converting the entire school bus fleet from a mostly diesel-fueled fleet to electric buses is a terrible idea. The Worst of Both Worlds: Electric Buses are More Expensive, Less Useful As we have discussed many times in the past, electric vehicles are simply more expensive and less useful than their gasoline and diesel powered counterparts, and the same is true for school buses. According to Bellweather Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization...

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Second lawsuit filed against MN AG Ellison over secret dealings, refusal to release records

Keith Ellison's latest lawsuit against American energy produces seems to have run aground due to concerns that the Attorney General's office is using two attorneys, privately financed by a group established by Michael Bloomberg, to do their dirty work. As I wrote shortly after the lawsuit was announced, the most likely outcome is a giant waste of taxpayer resources, but I'd encourage you to read the press release below to learn more about the lawsuit. ST. PAUL, MN – For the second time in recent months, the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. (GAO) filed suit against Minnesota Attorney...

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California Will Use Diesel This Summer (and Imports) To Keep The Lights On

California is often thought of as a leader on environmental issues by moderates and liberals who sincerely want what’s best for the planet. However, there is a growing realization among environmental activists, like Michael Shellenberger, that attempts by California to add more wind and solar onto its grid are not only having adverse consequences for California’s economy, but also its environment....

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Air Quality Was Worse During COVID Shutdown Despite Far Fewer Cars on the Road, Data Shows

In some heavily polluted parts of the world like China and India, the economic shutdowns that resulted from attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus resulted in cleaner air. However, in Minnesota, the air was actually less clean during Governor Walz's shutdown than the previous five-year average. According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) air quality was actually worse in Hennepin County during the COVID-19 shutdown even though traffic volumes were down around 40 percent. The first graph shows air quality data from March 16, 2020 through June 10, 2020....

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Mexico Pulls the Plug on Wind and Solar

The country of Mexico is pulling the plug on wind and solar installations amidst fears of rising electricity prices and a growing recognition that these unreliable sources of power add little to no value to the grid due to their dependence on the weather. While wealthy countries like the United States have been harmed by rising electricity prices due to renewables, the high incomes earned by Americans relative to those living in other countries has allowed them to stomach the costs better than those living in middle-income countries, like Mexico. Even Mexico's ultra-liberal President recognizes the harm that wind and solar will...

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Wind Waste: A Video From the Clear Energy Alliance

Many people believe that wind and solar are the best sources of electricity for the environment, but many of these same people are surprised to learn that these sources of energy also have environmental impacts, and they are significant. Our friends at the Clear Energy Alliance have released a new video explaining what happens to wind turbines when they reach the end of their 20-year useful lifetime. Center of the American Experiment has been at the forefront of exposing the dirty aspects of so-called "clean energy." Our article exposing the $532,000 price tag for decommissioning a single wind turbine is even cited in...

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Congressional Democrats Ditch Rep. Stauber’s Anti-Child-Labor Measure for Green Energy Minerals

Green New Deal faithful have a quite a conundrum; they want to completely stop using fossil fuels by switching to wind turbines, solar panels, and lithium ion batteries, but they also hate the mining that is necessary to produce wind turbines, solar panels, and lithium ion batteries. These technologies require large amounts of copper, nickel, cobalt, and other precious metals that are often mined in areas of the world with few protections for workers or the environment. It doesn't have to be this way. Minnesota's Duluth Complex is home to some of the largest undeveloped copper and nickel deposits in the...

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In The Tank (Ep250) – Apocalypse Never with Michael Shellenberger

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, and The Center for the American Experiment’s Isaac Orr are joined by Michael Shellenberger in episode 250 of the In The Tank Podcast. Shellenberger is on the show to talk about his "controversial" new book "Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All." The book destroys the climate alarmist narrative that the world is coming to an end and that wind and solar are the future of energy in the United States. He also discusses how climate alarmism has become the new secular religion that he once observed, and his journey to the...

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The Biggest Incentive for Solar in Minnesota

Did you know that the biggest subsidy for solar is hidden on your electric bill? While Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to extend the federal solar subsidies, here in Minnesota, a policy called net metering serves as the biggest stealth subsidy that solar receives. The impact of this sizable subsidy was spelled out in a recent article in the Mankato Free Press, although I don't think the reporter realized this at the time. The piece begins with a feel-good story of an insurance company that put solar panels on their roof: "Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the...

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