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Center Report Ramps Up Debate Over Benefits of Environmentally Responsible Mining

American Experiment's newly released report on the statewide benefits of environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota's world-class mineral resources continues to attract media attention. Over the weekend, Forum Communications newspapers all over the state published a column highlighting our ground-breaking report, along with a Harvard paper on the benefits of tourism. A conservative Minnesota think tank says copper and nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is safe and good for the economy, while a Harvard professor says that economic boost would sour in a few years. A pair of reports that came out in recent days arrived as political campaigns...

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Future of Wind “Uncertain” After Federal Subsidies Expire

Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017. Recent and near-term additions are supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive—the production tax credit (PTC)—as well as a myriad of state-level policies." So much for "Free market" renewable energy, eh?...

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Upper Michigan’s Population Dwindles Despite “Sustainable” Tourism Economy

Mining opponents often talk about tourism as a "sustainable" form of economic activity. However, based on the fact that the population of Upper Michigan continues to decline, the so-called "sustainable economy" is clearly not doing enough to sustain families and businesses in the region....

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For New Park Board Members Change Starts With Big Pay Raise

The election of six outsiders to the Minneapolis Park Board last fall was supposed to change everything. MinnPost summed it up this way when the new commissioners took office this year. Change had been in the air since September 2016, when activists accused commissioners of discriminatory policies during a heated board meeting. Ten people were ejected, four were arrested, and retribution was promised. In November, with the election of six new commissioners — many of whom were endorsed by Our Revolution, an organization affiliated with the Bernie Sanders for president campaign — that comeuppance was seemingly delivered. The next month, Park Superintendent Jayne Miller,...

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“Visitors can get you only so far,” Upper Michigan Hungry For More Mining

Mining opponents throughout the country cite tourism and recreation industries as "sustainable" alternatives to mining, including in Minnesota. However, what these arguments miss is that people who live in areas that are dependent upon tourism are hungry for opportunities in other industries because the tourism industry simply does not provide the kind of high-wage jobs that people in the area need to raise and support a family....

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Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost MN’s Economy $3.7 Billion a Year and Create 8,500 Jobs

Environmentally responsible mining will provide a $3.7 billion annual boost to Minnesota’s economy, create 8,500 jobs and generate nearly $200 million a year in tax revenue for state and local governments, according to a new report by Center of the American Experiment. The report, Unearthing Prosperity: How Environmentally Responsible Mining Will Boost Minnesota’s Economy, evaluates the mining potential of the state’s largely untapped world-class mineral resources. “Mining is often framed as an ‘either or’ proposition—jobs or the environment, tourism jobs or mining jobs. But this is an inaccurate portrayal of modern mining,” said Isaac Orr, a policy fellow at Center of the...

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Trump Administration Releases Revised Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration has released its revised version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was considered to be the signature climate change regulation of the Obama Administration. The new rule, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants rather than imposing a set of top-down policies from the federal government. The CPP was designed to fundamentally transform electricity markets by forcing coal plants to retire and require the use of wind and solar to replace. As we've already seen in Minnesota, this comes...

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City of Minneapolis Opposes Clean, Emission-Free Hydroelectric Power In Their Backyard

It turns out maybe the City of Minneapolis isn't as gung-ho about renewable energy when the proposed project is in their own backyard.  Crown Hydro LLC, a hydroelectric company, wants to build a powerhouse beside the St. Anthony Falls and a tunnel running beneath the historic Stone Arch Bridge, but this plan is opposed by the city, its Park Board, and an array of advocacy groups focused on the river. ...

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Gov Primary Recap: What Do Tuesday’s Results Mean for Energy and Environmental Policy?

Elections have consequences, and this axiom is true in primary elections, as well the general election to be held in November. Now that the dust has settled, it's a good time to look and see how the two major-party candidates for governor stack up on energy and environmental issues....

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