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Rebuking Renewables: Le Sueur County Places Moratorium on Solar Gardens and Solar Farms

It looks like the Community Solar Gardens aren't very popular with the locals  in Le Sueur County. Earlier in July, the Planning and Zone commission voted to enact a moratorium, or temporary suspension, on new solar facilities. The moratorium, which will ban applications for new solar projects for one year, comes at a time when solar facilities are being cited closer to city limits and residential properties. According to KEYC in Mankato: “Separation distances from residential properties is one thing that people are very concerned about. They don’t want to have these panels 50 feet from their house, and by taking this...

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Capitalism is Saving the Planet Part 1: Wealth Makes Health, Eventually

We are often told that capitalism is destroying the planet, and that the only way we can repent from causing environmental degradation is to switch from a capitalist system to a socialist system. This thought process, however, could not be more wrong. Today we are going to talk about a phenomenon which is often referred to as the Environmental Kuznets Curve. The theory behind this idea can be summed up in these three steps: 1. When an economy is primarily pre-industrial and agrarian, the environment is usually clean and untouched by pollutants from industrial economic activities. 2. As the economy shifts towards development and...

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Will Peggy Flanagan View German Energy Policy as As The Failure That It Is?

On July 12, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will be jet-setting off to Germany to learn about sustainable energy, according to the Star Tribune. This makes me wonder, will the Lt. Governor and the delegation she is leading realize what a spectacular failure the German energy experiment has become while there? The failure of the German Energiewende, as they call it, is becoming obvious throughout the entire world. Germany has spent more than $580 billion on renewables, experienced skyrocketing electricity prices, and failed to make any meaningful reductions in CO2 emissions since 2008. Oh, and the country plans to burn coal for electricity...

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The Case for a Green ‘No Deal’

Those who advocate for Minnesota's "Green New Deal" are not the adults in the room. How can one credibly claim that global warming is an "existential crisis,"  yet refuse to utilize the most reliable, affordable, and scaleable sources of carbon-dioxide free electricity available? I submit that they cannot. But do we need to make a Green New Deal at all? The following article argues that we do not....

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Local Media Glosses Over High Cost of Stoneray Wind Farm

A piece in Friday's Pipestone County Star reported that 39 industrial wind turbines with a total capacity of 101 megawatts would be built, comprising the Stoneray Wind Project in eastern Pipestone County and western Murray County.  Unfortuantely, the article reads more like a press release for the wind company, EDF, than a balanced article on project. First of all, there is zero mention of how much this project will cost Minnesota consumers, which is significant. According to the Minnesota Public Utilities filings, this project will cost between $160 to $232 million to construct. Federal tax credits will shield customers from feeling...

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