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Minnesota Can Handle the Cold Because of Fossil Fuel Power Plants

The article below was originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: We need to stop planning our electric system around wind turbines and solar panels, technologies that often fail to show up during extreme weather events, when we need them most. Texas is learning this lesson the hard way. More than 2.5 million people are experiencing rolling blackouts because an arctic blast has frozen a significant portion of the Lone Star State's natural gas infrastructure. Compounding the shortages is the fact that at one point during the blackouts, the Texas wind fleet (the largest in the nation) was producing just 2% of its...

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China Built the Equivalent of 40 Minnesota Coal Plants in 2020

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China constructed an enormous amount of coal-fired electricity capacity in 2020, according to new international research. In total, China added 38,400 megawatts (MW) worth of new facilities, the equivalent of 40 Minnesota coal plants, specifically the Boswell Energy Center, which serves as the backbone to the Iron Range's mines and paper mills. These new coal plants will emit more carbon dioxide than the entire state of Minnesota, and it also shows that China's pledge to be carbon neutral before 2060 was cheap theater for progressives who want to shut down our reliable, affordable Minnesota coal plants. Actions speak louder than words. Wipe...

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Seven Energy and Environment Takeaways from the Minnesota Elections

Based on information from the Star Tribune's election coverage, it looks like the State Senate may remain in the hands of the Republicans, while the State House of Representatives will remain in the hands of the Democrats. Republicans maintaining an advantage in the Senate has important implications for energy and environmental policy in the state. Here is how the election results affect the seven biggest energy and environment topics in Minnesota. California Car Mandates: The retention of the Senate does nothing to change the Walz Administration's attempt to force Minnesotans to comply with California's car mandates. I would expect the announcement of these...

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Some Quick Thoughts on the Harris-Pence Debate: Fracking, Energy and the Green New Deal

Last night, a substantial portion of the debate revolved around energy and environmental policy, particularly fracking and the Green New Deal. You can watch the segment by clicking the picture below. The reason that fracking had its moment in the sun last night is obvious: fracking has transformed Pennsylvania from an also-ran in energy production to the second-largest natural gas producing state in the nation. You can see Pennsylvania's skyrocket to energy stardom in the graph below, which was obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Other states that utilize hydraulic fracturing to a large extent are Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota,...

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Wind and Solar Developers Want To Force You To Pay Their Transmission Costs

Wind and solar energy are closer to going away entirely than they are to being the future of energy. Here in the Midwest, hundreds of wind and solar installations, representing thousands of megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, have been cancelled because their developers didn't want to foot the bill for the transmission upgrades that would be necessary to bring these projects online. According to an article in Midwest Energy News, which is run by Fresh Energy, wind and solar projects are not financially viable unless the costs for transmission upgrades are saddled on to customers like you. "In all, 245 clean energy...

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California To Ban the Sale of New Gas and Diesel Cars and Trucks By 2035

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed and executive order that will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks in California by 2035. This is exactly why thousands of Minnesotans oppose the Walz administration's plan to adopt California car mandates in our state. California's new order directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB), an unelected bureaucracy, to develop a phase-out plan that would require 100 percent zero-emissions personal use and drayage vehicles by 2035 and as many medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle applications deemed feasible by 2045, Fox News reports. It makes zero sense that California would essentially mandate the...

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Conservative Energy Policies Can Help Young People, Low-Income, and Minority Households Far More Than Liberal Ones

Liberal renewable energy advocacy groups like Fresh Energy and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) have devoted significant resources to the concepts of energy equity and fighting for environmental justice, which are supposedly designed to help low-income families, many of whom are minorities. However, by advocating for policies that make energy more expensive, these groups are hurting the people they are supposedly trying to help. Conservatives can do far more good, for far more people, by strongly advocating for free-market policies that keep energy costs low for everyone. Energy Burdened Households According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the energy...

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