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Refuting “Local View: Minnesota Must Aggressively Move to Less-Costly Renewables”

My piece in the Duluth News Tribune detailing how a 50 percent renewable energy mandate would harm the mining industry has generated quite the controversy, with at least three counterpoints from renewable energy special interest groups. Today, I'm refuting a member of the Citizen's Climate Lobby....

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Presidential Orders Seek to Kickstart Mining Industry Revival

The following article as written by Duggan Flanakin at CFACT.org: History was made in March when federal officials gave the green light for construction and operation of copper mines in Arizona and Minnesota, in both cases after decades-long permitting processes that overcame huge legal challenges by environmentalists. Since 2000, the U.S. has seen only 14 major metal mines start up production – all after permitting battles that lasted a whopping 6 to 23 years (not including the pre-permitting exploration, environmental baseline studies, and feasibility studies that add another 10 to 15 years to the timeline). The Army Corps of Engineers and Forest...

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In The Tank (ep188) – Terrible Earth Day Predictions, Socialism, and Free to Choose Medicine

In the first segment, the trio talk about Earth Day. They talk about an article from the Property & Environment Research Center titled "This Earth Day, Try Conservation Optimism." The author makes the case that we are making great strides in fight of environmental conservation and that we should thank economic growth and freedom. Additionally, on the topic of Earth Day, the three take a look at an article from the American Enterprise Institute titled "18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time of First Earth Day in 1970, Expect More This Year." How do people take these alarmists seriously when their track record is...

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The King Banaian Show: 4/27/19 HR 2: Isaac Orr and the Cost of Renewable Energy Mandate

I was also on the King Banaian show last weekend to talk about how renewable energy mandates and subsidies, not markets, are responsible for the eroding market share of coal-fired power plants, the University of Chicago report that found renewable energy mandates increase the cost of electricity and cost $130 per metric ton of CO2 avoided, and why there is zero free market case for building wind and solar in our state. https://omny.fm/shows/the-king-banaian-show/4-27-19-hr-2-isaac-orr-and-the-cost-of-renewable-e...

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Without Subsidies, Wind and Solar Are Still the Most Expensive Energy Sources In Minnesota

Renewable energy advocates often quote the cost of power purchase agreements (PPA) between wind and solar developers and utilities as evidence that wind and solar are the cheapest sources of electricity in Minnesota. However, PPA agreements show the price after federal subsidies are applied, and therefore do not represent the full cost of wind and solar. Furthermore, documents drafted by Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power show that once the subsidies are gone, the PPA price of electricity generated from wind and solar is expected to increase substantially. According to Otter Tail Power, wind energy increases as much as 119 percent without...

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Minnesota Madness! New Video Sums Up Our New Study

In case you didn't have time to read Doubling Down on Failure, our 80 page report on the cost of a 50 percent renewable energy mandate, you're in luck because the Clear Energy Alliance has made a four minute video explaining the findings. Share it far and wide to get the message of energy sanity to as many people as possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rf5z2bNY7Q...

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Isaac Orr Talks The High Cost of Renewable Energy Mandates on AFP Radio

Last weekend I was on American's For Prosperity Radio with Jason Flohrs discussing our latest report on the energy proposals supported by Governor Walz and the DFL house. A 50 percent renewable energy mandate cost $80.2 billion through 2050, which is $1,200 per household per year through 2050, but only avert 0.0006 degrees C of global warming by 2100! Enjoy the show! https://omny.fm/shows/americans-for-prosperity-radio/04-27-19-competing-tax-plans-the-true-cost-of-ener?t=36m59s  ...

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One Korean Nuclear Reactor Would Produce As Much Electricity As All Minnesota Wind Turbines at a Much Lower Cost

Last week, Korean Electric Power (KEPCO) connected its second advanced pressure reactor (APR) 1400 nuclear reactor to the grid. This is significant because these power plants, with a generation capacity of 1,400 megawatts (MW), would be able to generate about as much electricity as the combined output of all the wind facilities in Minnesota, for a fraction of the cost. Nuclear power plants are incredibly efficient, with capacity factors of 90 percent or higher. This means nuclear plants will generate about 90 percent of their theoretical output during the course of a year. As a result, building just one APR1400 reactor...

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University of Chicago: Renewable Energy Mandates Increase Electricity Costs

The University of Chicago made waves last week by releasing the findings of a working paper that found renewable energy mandates cause electricity prices to rise. This won't be surprising to our readers, but it is massive vindication for all the hard work American Experiment has put into educating the general public about the negative consequences of renewable energy mandates. From the abstract of the paper: "Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are the largest and perhaps most popular climate policy in the US, having been enacted by 29 states and the District of Columbia. Using the most comprehensive panel data set ever compiled...

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Government Mandates, Not Free Markets, Responsible for Minnesota’s Solar Growth

Solar irradiance, the energy potential for solar, in Minnesota is among the lowest in the country. Despite the poor solar resources in Minnesota, our state had installed 882 MW of solar. In a free market, investors would seek to maximize their returns by investing in solar farms in states like Arizona and California. This strongly suggests the growth in solar in Minnesota is a product of government mandates and rate structures, not free markets. ...

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