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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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Biden’s New Energy Plan Is Terrible

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden released his updated plan for energy, which calls for expanding renewable energy mandates to meet a 100 percent carbon-free electric grid by 2035, spending billions of dollars on wind turbines, solar panels, and battery storage, an ill-conceived plan to make the entire fleet of school buses electric, a dedication to money-losing energy efficiency projects, subsidizing electric vehicles (EVs), and using taxpayer dollars to build EV charging stations. A child's Christmas list to Santa Claus is more realistic than this plan, but it is necessary for us to take a look at...

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Second lawsuit filed against MN AG Ellison over secret dealings, refusal to release records

Keith Ellison's latest lawsuit against American energy produces seems to have run aground due to concerns that the Attorney General's office is using two attorneys, privately financed by a group established by Michael Bloomberg, to do their dirty work. As I wrote shortly after the lawsuit was announced, the most likely outcome is a giant waste of taxpayer resources, but I'd encourage you to read the press release below to learn more about the lawsuit. ST. PAUL, MN – For the second time in recent months, the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. (GAO) filed suit against Minnesota Attorney...

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Mexico Pulls the Plug on Wind and Solar

The country of Mexico is pulling the plug on wind and solar installations amidst fears of rising electricity prices and a growing recognition that these unreliable sources of power add little to no value to the grid due to their dependence on the weather. While wealthy countries like the United States have been harmed by rising electricity prices due to renewables, the high incomes earned by Americans relative to those living in other countries has allowed them to stomach the costs better than those living in middle-income countries, like Mexico. Even Mexico's ultra-liberal President recognizes the harm that wind and solar will...

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Wind Waste: A Video From the Clear Energy Alliance

Many people believe that wind and solar are the best sources of electricity for the environment, but many of these same people are surprised to learn that these sources of energy also have environmental impacts, and they are significant. Our friends at the Clear Energy Alliance have released a new video explaining what happens to wind turbines when they reach the end of their 20-year useful lifetime. Center of the American Experiment has been at the forefront of exposing the dirty aspects of so-called "clean energy." Our article exposing the $532,000 price tag for decommissioning a single wind turbine is even cited in...

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The Biggest Incentive for Solar in Minnesota

Did you know that the biggest subsidy for solar is hidden on your electric bill? While Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to extend the federal solar subsidies, here in Minnesota, a policy called net metering serves as the biggest stealth subsidy that solar receives. The impact of this sizable subsidy was spelled out in a recent article in the Mankato Free Press, although I don't think the reporter realized this at the time. The piece begins with a feel-good story of an insurance company that put solar panels on their roof: "Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the...

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