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Isaac Orr: Minnesota’s High Electric Bills Will Continue to Rise Higher

This article originally appeared in today's Pioneer Press. The version below is the same text, but with graphics added. Xcel Energy recently unveiled its plan to prematurely retire its coal plants and replace them with billions of dollars’ worth of wind, solar, and most importantly, natural gas. Unfortunately, Xcel’s plan will constitute a large increase in electricity costs for Minnesota families, businesses and schools, and these costs would far exceed any potential environmental benefit. Many people may not realize that Minnesota residential electric bills reached a new all-time high in 2018. In fact, these bills exceeded $103 per month for the first time ever...

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American Frackers, Not Wind and Solar, Increase Our National Security

America has the strongest military might in the world. We have 3,476 tactical aircraft, 760 attack helicopters, 637 unmanned drones, 157 bombers, 2,831 tanks, 93 cruisers, destroyers, and frigates, 10 aircraft carriers, 68 submarines, 31 amphibious ships, and probably more supply trucks than you can shake a stick at. The one thing these military vehicles have in common? They ain't running on wind and solar. They're running on oil. In fact, the United States military is the single-largest consumer of oil in the world, using more than 100 million barrels every single year. Fortunately, the oil used to keep America safe is...

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In the Tank (EP200) – Socialism and Modern Monetary Theory

Hello! Today's episode of the In the Tank Podcast, features a discussion of socialism, and why philosophy majors have the highest opinion of it (hint, can you think of a less practical major?), and we talk about how the left likely sees modern monetary theory as a means of implementing socialism in America, convincing the public that they can in fact get something for nothing. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep200-socialism-and-modern-monetary-theory?in=user-694711047/sets/in-the-tank-podcast...

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Renewables Will Make Minnesota Less Energy Independent, Not More

Happy 4th of July, everyone. Today I'd like to debunk a common myth among renewable energy advocates about the impact wind and solar will have on Minnesota's energy independence. The common trope goes like this, "Minnesota doesn't have any coal, natural gas, or oil, so we should build wind turbines and solar panels to make our state less dependent on energy from other states." The first part is true, every ton of coal, drop of oil, or molecule of natural gas consumed in Minnesota must come from out of state, but that does not make the second portion of this statement true....

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Republicans State Senators in Oregon Flee the State to Prevent A Devastating Carbon Tax

I'm on the road today, so the following article is a reprint originally appearing at FOX News. One thing I will add, though, is that if the media tries to paint the Senators in a negative light for not doing their job, there was no such criticism from the Left when Wisconsin state senators hid in Illinois in an attempt to change collective bargaining laws in 2011. An Oregon climate change bill that prompted 12 Republican lawmakers to flee the Statehouse in Salem last week has hit yet another snag: Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that the chamber did not have enough votes...

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From Colorado: Xcel Energy Put Shareholder Profits Before Pueblo Families and Kids’ Education

New U.S. Department of Energy study shows Pueblo, the State of Colorado, and Colorado ratepayers could have benefited more from not retiring Comanche I & II early June 20, 2019 (Pueblo, Colo.) – A study released today by the U.S. Department of Energy showed the economic benefits that would have accrued to Pueblo, Colo. had Xcel not pushed to retire Comanche I & II early and used carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology instead. According to the study, Colorado was identified as an ideal location because it currently has existing natural CO2 resources as well as pipeline infrastructure that is used to transport CO2 to...

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Response to Comments In New York Times Article

Center of the American Experiment welcomes all those who immigrate to Minnesota legally, including Somali refugees. The recent comment one of our employees made to the New York Times does not reflect the views and values of our organization. We envision a Minnesota where everyone is free to reap the rewards of their own efforts and build meaningful lives for their families....

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In the Tank (EP195) – “Luxury Communism.” News in The Digital Age, Deepfakes

Heartland's Donald Kendal, and Justin Haskins are joined by Isaac Orr and Jim Lakely in episode #195 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Featured in today's podcast is work from The Heartland Institute, the RAND Corporation, Reason Foundation, and the Brookings Institution. https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep195-luxury-communism-news-in-the-digital-age-deepfakes...

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Even Magic Can’t Make Green Energy Work

This is the Center's most recent radio ad on the futility of "green" energy, i.e. wind and solar. In the current session, efforts to expand Minnesota's renewable energy electricity mandate, first to 50%, then to 100%, were defeated on a bipartisan basis in the state Senate. But the battle will be joined again when the legislature convenes next year. [audio mp3="https://2lffqo2moysixpyb349z0bj6-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Green-Energy-Fairy_V2.mp3"][/audio]...

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