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Some parts of the federal government should stay shut down

We are entering the third week of the federal government shut down and American society has not devolved to the level of Fury Road. The fact that the United States has continued to function more or less as it did before with something like 25% of the federal government shut down demonstrates that federal government is at least 25% too big. ...

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New York Times Climate Model Shows Minnesota Has Cooled

"How much hotter is your hometown than when you were born?" That's the inflammatory headline of the New York Times interactive tool designed to demonstrate on a personal level that cataclysmic global warming has already hit home. As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher. See how your hometown has changed so far and how much hotter it may get. I discovered it on the Facebook page of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which leads the state's Interagency Climate Adaptation Team...

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Activists Lose Latest Round in Vital Pipeline Replacement Project

If they keep this up, the rabble-rousers opposed to the Enbridge 3 pipeline replacement project may yet prove there's something to the layman's definition of insanity. The hard-core group of anti-pipeline activists was back at it again today doing the same thing as in previous public meetings, namely disrupting a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing, while evidently expecting different results. But their predictable antics backfired again, according to Fox-9 News. The MPUC board ignored the noisy shouting and unanimously affirmed its support for the critical pipeline. State regulators on Monday refused to reconsider their decision granting the go-ahead of the controversial Enbridge...

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MPUC Chair’s Nomination for New Job Raises Concerns

Remember the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Chair who was so torn over the burdens of exercising her authority over the Enbridge 3 pipeline replacement project last summer that she sobbed during the panel's deliberations? MPR's coverage left little to the imagination. PUC Chair Nancy Lange broke down at one point, grabbing a handful of tissues and expressing how conflicted she was about allowing fossil fuels to cross the state for decades to come. "How would I feel if I woke up in five years and that line had leaked?" Lange said, referring to the possibility that the old Line 3 would continue operating, despite...

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Being pro-free enterprise is not the same as being pro-big business

There is no problem with big businesses per se. If they have grown and stayed big by producing goods and services that consumers want to purchase, they are to be applauded. This is a good thing. But where they have gained and maintained their size by sucking up to the government, that is to be opposed. ...

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MPUC Bows to Activists in Delaying Vote on Natural Gas Plant

State regulators have once again empowered environmental hardliners by postponing a decision on a natural-gas power plant proposed by Minnesota Power. While the plant will be built in Superior, the utility still needs the approval of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Yet instead of voting on the $700 million plant on Thursday, the MPUC put off a final decision at the request of a far-leftist group, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Although the PUC was expected to make a decision Thursday, a last-minute filing by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board on Tuesday asked the PUC to consider an additional environmental review...

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Breaking News: Tech Giants are Biased

Several videos have surfaced that make it clear, in case anyone needed video proof, that the tech giants are led by left-leaning titans that have contempt for at least a half of its U.S. customer base.Yes, and it begs for a market solution, ideally not regulation but given the monopoly enjoyed by Facebook and the ubiquitous nature of the giants, this one is going to be a puzzle. I will get the Center interns working on it!...

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Will Citizens’ Last-Minute Opposition Trash St. Paul City Garbage Grab?

Who collects your garbage may not be the most compelling issue of the day--until it comes to your city and street. Just ask the thousands of residents of St. Paul who are pulling out all the stops to prevent the city from implementing "organized garbage collection" next Monday. But it's not over until it's over, according to the Pioneer Press. The city of St. Paul has almost finished rolling out 73,000 new trash carts, but organized residential trash collection — which is scheduled to begin Monday — may be facing its greatest challenge yet. After more than 14 months of contract negotiations...

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Minnesota Public Utilities Cowards

It's hard to disagree with the malcontents that broke up the latest public meeting yesterday of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  Their main message? "PUC" stands for "Public Utilities Cowards," according to a Duluth News Tribune report of the breathtaking lack of backbone on display again by state energy regulators under the Dayton administration. The protestors, who describe themselves as water protectors, sat with their backs turned to the commission for the first hour of discussion with shirts that read "Public Utilities Cowards" on the back. The Star Tribune also provided the play-by-play as commissioners allowed the disrupters to take over a...

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