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Clear Energy Alliance: Battery Fantasy

Batteries are often touted as a magical technology that will suddenly make unreliable wind and solar, reliable. The idea is just the latest round of wishful thinking on behalf of renewable energy boosters, and someday in the future we'll look back at the "but batteries" argument and chuckle. I've already documented how just 24 hours of battery storage in Minnesota would cost $133 billion dollars, roughly one-third of Minnesota's annual gross state product, and it we would potentially need weeks of storage to tide the state over during the summer, when electricity demand is high but wind generation is low. Clear Energy Alliance discusses...

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Shellenberer: The Real Reason They Behave Hypocritically On Climate Change Is Because They Want To

Almost without fail, the loudest preachers of the climate doom are also the ones who are least likely to walk the walk. Michael Shellenberger nails it in this article, which was originally published in Forbes.  British Royal couple Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle triggered widespread outrage recently after lecturing the world about climate change while flying around the world in private jets. "With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference," the Duke of Sussex said on Instagram a few days before jetting off with the Duchess to Ibiza, Spain and then to Nice, France. BBC calculates that those two...

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Tiny Houses Turn Out to be No Big Deal in Minnesota

It's a small thing which is why it's such a big deal. The media's infatuation with tiny houses turns out to be less than monumental with the public. It seems there's no big or little housing boom here when it comes to tiny houses, baffling affordable housing proponents and city planners, according to the Pioneer Press. “To date, no one (in Minnesota) has responded to the tiny house market in any sort of viable,reasonable or comprehensive way,” said Jay Nord, general contractor at Singular Inc., and an affordable housing advocate. Despite the need for affordable housing in the Twin Cities, the desire...

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Lomborg: The Danger of Climate Doomsayers

It seems climate change activists are always advocating for policies whose costs will exceed the benefits. Minnesota is unique in that it is one of only a few states that have tried to quantify the amount of "damage" caused to society by emitting a ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. While I think there are strong arguments as to why the numbers used in Minnesota are unrealistically high, it is noteworthy that our report Doubling Down on Failure found that the cost of reducing one ton of carbon dioxide far outweighed the benefits of doing so, even using the numbers...

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Retiring Worn-Out Wind Turbines Could Cost Billions that Nobody Has

American Experiment has been warning the public about the short useable lifetimes of industrial wind turbines for some time now, but one thing we haven't really touched on yet is who pays to decommission the turbines once they're no longer useable? This is going to be a pressing issue in the coming years because Minnesota's wind fleet is older than the wind fleets in many parts of the country. The article below discusses the challenges that worn-out wind turbines will present for local governments throughout the country. Who will pay to decommission the turbines if the company's who owned them go bankrupt? HARLINGEN -...

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Sunday Funnies: Bernie vs. The Speed Bag

There may never have been a more apropos metaphor in the history of mankind for the policies proposed by Bernie Sanders than this video of him punching a speed bag. Raise the minimum wage = rising unemployment, or reduced hours, as Bernie learned the hard way; Ban fossil fuels = skyrocketing costs, less reliability for electricity; Medicare for All = welcome to the wonderful world of healthcare rationing. For his own sake, Mr. Sanders would do well to learn Newton's Third Law of Physics: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This video should be in the dictionary under "unintended consequences." https://twitter.com/i/status/1166667157545074688...

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While Liberal Environmental Groups Delay Mining in MN, Canada Approves Another Mine

While liberal environmental groups continue to file lawsuits to obstruct the permitting process for non-ferrous mining in Minnesota, Canada has permitted another mine. The latest mine permitted will develop gold deposits about 100 miles north of International Falls, MN. Canada has shown time and time again that is possible to mine responsibly. Given this weight of evidence, it is unfortunate that groups like the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness would eschew responsible mining in Minnesota. In doing so, they are denying thousands of hardworking Minnesotans the opportunity to get high-paying, family supporting jobs. They are...

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The Physical Impossibility of Renewable Energy Meeting the Paris Accord Goals

The environmental left lost their minds when President Trump announced that the United States would be leaving the Paris Climate Agreement. While renewable energy boosters hurl barbs at President Trump, they ignore the fact that carbon dioxide emissions in Germany have remained flat as the country foolishly shutters its fleet of nuclear power plants to switch to wind and solar. As many of our readers already know, wind and solar are simply too unreliable to help environmental virtue signalling countries reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to the levels they pledged to accomplish under the Paris Agreement. The following article was originally published...

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There is No Holy Grail: Some Perspective on Battery Storage

Today I wanted to share this graphic I found on a pro-nuclear Facebook page that really hammers home the point: we simply require far too much energy for wind, solar, and battery storage to ever be a viable, reliable source of electricity. If the folks who claim that climate change is an "existential crisis" were actually serious about reducing carbon dioxide emissions they would legalize new nuclear power and allow the electricity generated by hydropower that we already buy from Canada to count toward our "carbon free" goals. Instead, the DFL-lead house said these two proposals were non-starters. There is simply no...

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Clueless Minneapolis City Leaders and Sam Rockwell Are the Problem, Not Natural Gas Use

Elected officials and planners in the city of Minneapolis are lamenting the fact that carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas increased in 2018, and that the city is not on track to meet it's 2050 CO2 emissions targets, according to an article in the Star Tribune. Sam Rockwell, who is the president of the Minneapolis Planning Commission, also wrote to the Strib that natural gas use must be slashed, and encouraged Minneapolis to follow the lead of Berkeley California, and ban the use of natural gas in new construction. However, it is the unrealistic, expensive, and ultimately heartless carbon dioxide emissions...

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