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Wisconsin Consumer Protection Group Say Focus on Electric Bills Instead of Rates Obscures High Cost of Electricity: What Can Minnesota Learn?

The Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board, which protects families and small businesses from increasing electricity prices, said the focus on bills instead of prices obscure the fact that the state has the highest electricity prices in the Midwest. Unfortunately, renewable energy advocates in Minnesota use the same sleight of hand to try and persuade the general public that the state's $15 billion dollar investment in unreliable wind power has not caused electricity prices to skyrocket. This is simply is not true....

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PolyMet Amendment Dropped From NDAA

The Duluth News Tribune ran an interesting article on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was meant to expedite the exchange of land between Polymet Mining Corp. and the federal government. Although the land swap has already occurred, it is unfortunate that Polymet will not have Congressional approval because anti-mining groups will now attempt to block the land exchange through the court system....

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New Great Plains Institute Study Hides the High Cost of Reducing CO2 Emissions

Advocates of reducing CO2 emissions from electricity generation have released a new study attempting to show the necessary steps to make 13 states CO2-free in the Midwest. Unfortunately, the study, released by the Great Plains Institute, failed to mention the massive cost of doing so. Renewable energy advocates like to pretend wind energy is the lowest-cost source of electricity. Yet, for Minnesotans, electric bills have increased 26 percent faster than the national average as we have added more wind and solar to the grid. According to the study, renewables would have to increase their energy share dramatically. Renewables currently provide 11 percent of...

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Ontario, Canada, to Scrap 758 Renewable Energy Contracts to Protect Ratepayers

The new conservative government in Ontario will cancel 758 renewable energy contracts in an effort to lower electricity rates in the province, with the move expected to result in CAD 790 million (USD 602.2m/EUR 513.4m) in ratepayers savings. Will conservatives in Minnesota learn from their example?...

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Painter’s Stance on Mining is a Dumpster Fire

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Painter, who became famous for his dumpster fire ad, addressed a crowd of about 100 people in Ely, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 17th. Copper-nickel mining was one of the main topics of conversation at the event. Unfortunately, Painter's stance on the issue is, well, a dumpster fire....

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Media Warns Pipeline Chaos Could be Coming to MN

The national media has already written the first chapter of a potentially protracted standoff in northern Minnesota over the recently approved Enbridge 3 pipeline. The Wall Street Journal warns that environmental extremists intend to make a last stand over the pipeline that promises to bring well-paying jobs and economic prosperity to some of the poorest counties in the state. Weeks after Minnesota regulators approved the replacement of an oil pipeline that crosses the state, Native American and environmental groups are starting to oppose the project with a similar playbook to a failed effort to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Winona LaDuke, who...

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