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Flanagan and Senjem To View The German Energy Failure Firsthand

Tomorrow, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and State Senator Dave Senjem, along with several other members of a Minnesota delegation including Jessica Hellman, Steve Kelley, and members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission head to Germany for a weeklong visit that will include an  energy seminar. I wrote about this last week but it bears repeating: Germany energy policy is a failure by every objective metric and we should not copy their bad policies here. Today I'm posting a blog post that highlights these failures in a new way. Many advocates of renewable energy point to Germany as the example of how to...

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IAEA Discusses The Potential Of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Several member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met in Pitesti, Romania in late June to discuss the future of green energy and ways to achieve CO2 emission reductions. Their discussion – which included 46 participants from 14 member states – focused primarily on small modular reactors (SMRs). SMRs are nuclear power generators, only far smaller in comparison to traditional nuclear facilities found throughout the world as they generally have a maximum output of 300 megawatts (for comparison, the Monticello nuclear facility in Minnesota is 671 megawatts). The below article was originally published by IAEA on July 8 and details...

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My Trip To the White House

Yesterday I made my first ever trip to the White House to hear President Trump talk about the great progress the United States has made on making sure we have clean air and clean drinking water. This point is incredibly important to make because most Americans seem to think that the environment is always getting worse, when if fact just the opposite is true. The environment in the United States has been improving for decades. https://youtu.be/4XrHi1ldxso?t=2048 President Trump mostly stayed on script, letting several cabinet secretaries talk about the achievements that have been made since the President took office. Despite claims that the...

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Isaac Invited to the White House for Trump Speech on the Environment

Hello, All! I won't be in the office today because I've been invited to attend a speech at the White House by President Trump highlighting the fact that America's air and water are cleaner today than they have been at any other time during the last 50 years. The same is true of Minnesota, where Minnesota Pollution Control Agency data show Minnesota meets even the most rigorous air quality standards in the state. In fact, burning wood for home heating and backyard campfires are now the largest contributors to particulate matter in the air. I've been in contact with White House staff members...

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Tesla’s Solar Roof Costs $85,000, Much Higher Than Previously Advertised

Elon Musk is the greatest snake-oil salesman of our time. Some of his companies, like SpaceX, are incredibly impressive, but the rest of them are generally flashy underachievers that make enormous promises but generally fail to deliver. When it seems like reality would start to expose the scam, another flashy announcement is made, or a Roadster is shot into space, and the cycle continues....

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Grassroots Protests Help Bring Down Oregon Climate Tax

The article below originally appeared on CFACT.org In a scene that would have done honor to the late Chuck Cushman, Oregonians by the thousands descended on the state Capitol in tractors, trucks, cars, and on foot to express their outrage over a pending climate initiatives that would have imposed disproportionate and unbearable burdens on Oregon’s rural communities. Cushman, the legendary “community organizer” of rural America, who for decades was the scourge of urban elites, passed away last December at 75. But his legacy was clearly on display at the giant June 28 rally in Eugene. Trucks and tractors circled the Capitol honking...

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Only Fed Hearing on Removing Wolf from Endangered Species List Held in Brainerd

The comeback of the gray wolf in Minnesota and the rest of its range in the lower 48 states should be one of the Endangered Species Act's greatest success stories. Instead, the predator continues to generate largely negative coverage tied to the creature's growing impact on ranchers, farmers and rural communities in the wake of a  2014 federal court order prohibiting state management through limited hunting. Recently the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the government's latest plan to remove all gray wolves from endangered protections, returning control to the states that have in effect  overseen the animal's remarkable recovery. We propose...

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Will Peggy Flanagan View German Energy Policy as As The Failure That It Is?

On July 12, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will be jet-setting off to Germany to learn about sustainable energy, according to the Star Tribune. This makes me wonder, will the Lt. Governor and the delegation she is leading realize what a spectacular failure the German energy experiment has become while there? The failure of the German Energiewende, as they call it, is becoming obvious throughout the entire world. Germany has spent more than $580 billion on renewables, experienced skyrocketing electricity prices, and failed to make any meaningful reductions in CO2 emissions since 2008. Oh, and the country plans to burn coal for electricity...

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