Decouple: All about coal
Mark Nelson, managing director of the Radiant Energy Group, joins us for his second masterclass, this time all about coal. Much maligned by environmentalists and a significant source of air…
There are only three days left to sign American Experiment’s petition opposing Xcel Energy’s Green New Deal before initial comments on the proposal are due to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Xcel’s proposal is a disaster for Minnesota families because it would increase electricity prices, destroy jobs, make our electricity less reliable, and have no measurable impact on global temperatures. The proposal is all pain and no gain.
We need as many people as possible to sign the petition by 4:30 pm on Thursday by clicking here. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do it today and share it with your friends and family. If you’ve already signed it, share it with five people who are also concerned about rising electricity prices, increasing the cost of keeping the lights on for Minnesota families, and driving energy-intensive businesses like manufacturing out of our state.
More than 2,100 people have already signed the petition, but tripling that number would send a powerful message to the Public Utilities Commission, reminding them that their job is to protect all Minnesotans from rising electricity prices.
What’s in Xcel’s Proposal?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Xcel’s proposal, the company is seeking to close down the Sherburne County Unit 3 and Allen S. King coal plants long before the end of their useful lifetimes and spend $57 billion on wind turbines, solar panels, and new natural gas plants. This means Xcel’s plan would cost the average Xcel customer an additional $1,428 dollars every single year through 2051.
Not only would Xcel’s plan be expensive, but it would also make our electric system less reliable.
Temperatures were below zero in much of the state yesterday, causing energy demand to soar. Minnesota’s coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants made sure our furnaces kept our homes cozy, but the wind turbines Minnesotans have paid billions of dollars for did not show up to work. During this cold snap, wind only produced 5 percent of its potential output.
Pretending that wind and solar can provide for our energy needs is not “following the science.” It is simple-minded and dangerous.
We need to make our voices heard if we stand any chance of getting the Commission to tell Xcel Energy to keep costs low for consumers.