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Doubling Down on Failure Installment 1: Comparing the Costs of Wind and Solar, Nuclear, and Coal

As you probably know by now, American Experiment has released a new study entitled Doubling Down on Failure, How a 50 percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion.   The study is more than 80 pages, including appendices and citations, so I will be breaking down the key findings in more manageable bites on the website. Today, I'll break down the four main energy scenarios we examined and why we chose them....

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Statewide View: Skyrocketing Electricity Prices Threaten Minnesota Mining

Renewable-energy advocates often cite increasing demand for steel, copper, nickel, and cobalt as a reason why Minnesotans on the Iron Range should support more renewable-energy mandates. There is no doubt that doubling the renewable-energy mandate would increase Minnesota's demand for these metals, but we won't be able to afford to mine them here....

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El Niño Has Caused a 14 Percent Drop in Wind Generation, Could Global Warming Render Wind Turbines Worthless?

Bloomberg reports that El Niño has caused electricity generation from wind turbines to plummet by approximately 14 percent in the Midwest this year. Apparently, it is quite common that wind turbine generation falls during El Niño years. This begs the question, could a warmer world render Minnesota's wind turbines worthless? ...

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Doubling Down on Failure Fact Sheet

Minnesota currently has a law mandating that 25 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2025. Some lawmakers have proposed doubling the renewable energy mandate (REM), requiring that 50 percent of our electricity be generated by renewable sources by the year 2030, and Governor Walz has proposed a 100 percent carbon-dioxide-free electric grid by 2050. This report chose to calculate the impact of a 50 percent REM, rather than a 100 percent REM, because research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows using wind, solar, and batteries to achieve 100 percent of electricity...

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Sunday Funnies: Wind and Solar Edition

Minnesota has spent well over $15 billion on wind, solar, transmission lines, and the profits utility companies make by putting these things in the ground, but we have no batteries capable of storing the electricity produced by wind turbines or solar panels and we're not likely to have them soon. Just 24 hours of battery storage in Minnesota would cost $133 billion, and that is not accounting for the loss in power experienced when it gets cold out, which tends to happen a lot here. In the end, we've blown billions of dollars building battery chargers when we have no batteries! ...

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In The Tank Ep 182 Doubling Down on Failure, $60 Trillion Medicare for All, Doctor Shortages

Hello! In this edition of the In the Tank podcast, Donny, Isaac, and Justin discuss American Experiment's newly-released report Doubling Down on Failure, How a 50 Percent Renewable Energy Mandate Would Cost $80.2 Billion. The gang also talks about Medicare for All, and Justin gives a fascinating explanation of why there is a doctor shortage in the United States. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep182-doubling-down-on-renewable-failure-60t-medicare-4-all-doctor-shortages...

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“Darling, is the wind blowing? I want to drive my Tesla.”

I am told that at the recent CPAC 2020 gathering the President told a well-received joke aimed at the latest “Green” demands that we forgo dirty carbon-based energy and rely solely on wind and solar: “Darling, darling, is the wind blowing today? I would like to watch television, darling.” I thought about that joke when I turned on to a frontage road last Sunday. There was Tesla S blocking the road with the flashers on. It looked like it had been there all night; icicles had formed from the body down to the road and there was snow around it. When I...

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Greta Thunberg, Student Protesters Should Demand Better Solutions to Climate Change

Kids around the country are skipping school to draw attention to climate change, but why don't these kids demand real solutions to a problem they find so severe they must skip school? Minnesota has it's own coalition of astroturf youth climate groups, iMatter, Climate Generation etc, but maybe these kids should read the article below rather than storming the capitol to support inefficient and unreliable wind and solar power. If these students are so concerned about climate change, why aren't they advocating for the legalization of new nuclear power plants in Minnesota? The following article was written by Bjorn Lomborg, and originally...

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