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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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“See You Next Summer!” Said the Tourism Jobs

Tourism jobs are important, but it also important to understand and acknowledge the economic limitations of these jobs. They generally have lower wages and are more seasonal. Mining Minnesota's copper, nickel, platinum, and titanium resources would create 1,900 high-paying mining jobs and support more than 3,000 jobs in the supply chain....

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New Park Board Commissioners’ Proposed Pay Raise Comes Under Fire

Not so fast! That's the essence of the Star Tribune's editorial aimed at the new slate of Minneapolis Park Board commissioners who ran on reform but now want to more than double their own pay now that they're in control. In yet another example of elected officials considering raising their own pay, members of the Minneapolis Park Board have discussed increasing their annual stipend from $12,438 to $30,000 to attract more diverse candidates and reflect the work involved in serving on the nine-member board. In our view, more than doubling pay in one fell swoop would be excessive. But reasonable increases over...

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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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UN Says Capitalism Must End to Save the Planet- Another Yawn

A new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General claims capitalism, as we know it, is over. The team from the BIOS Research Unit in Finland were asked to provide research that would feed into the drafting of the UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which will be released in 2019. "Research" of this quality makes me happy that the Trump Administration cut $285 million cut to the U.N. budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The United States contributes more than $1 billion to the budget of the U.N. If they're going to keep producing shoddy research...

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Confessions of a Former Xcel Energy Employee- Can Minnesota Avoid Wreckage Seen in Colorado?

A tell-all from Duane Richards, a former Xcel Energy employee, who plainly states that the company's "Steel for Fuel" agenda is an attempt to bolster shareholder profits at the expense of Colorado ratepayers, who will be stuck footing the bill. We can learn a lot in Minnesota from our friends in the west about the wisdom of pushing for greater renewable energy mandates, as some candidates for public office are advocating....

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