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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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A Conservative Vision for Energy Policy in Minnesota

Last week, Ben Gerber, who is a board member for the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum (MNCEF) took to the pages of The Minnesota Reformer, which is likely the most progressive outlet in the state, in an attempt to defend his positions on energy policy. In his article, which I encourage you to read, Mr. Gerber argues that MNCEF, and not Center of the American Experiment, is the group that opposes heavy-handed government solutions. But this claim is incorrect, as I spell out in my reply below. I am told may be run on the Reformer's website at some date in the future. The...

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Great River Energy’s Battery Is More Publicity Stunt Than Source of Power

Great River Energy's announcement that they would build a battery to help replace a coal-fired power plant received uncritical praise from the media and renewable groups, but a closer look at the proposed battery system shows this aspect of their plan is more of a publicity stunt than source of power....

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Wages Lawsuit Against American Energy Companies

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has filed a lawsuit against multiple energy companies, Exxon Mobil Corp., Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute, alleging they have deceived consumers over the effects of climate change. Ellison is reportedly seeking a large settlement, similar to the Big Tobacco settlement, for alleged damage to the environment. If the results of similar lawsuits are any indication of how this lawsuit will play out, however, the most likely outcome for this lawsuit will be humiliation for Ellison and a large bill for taxpayers in the state of Minnesota. Attorneys General in other states have also tried to...

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Electric Vehicle Costs Fall, But They’re Still Unprofitable

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become a major focal point for liberal environmentalist groups and politicians who want to turn Minnesota into a Cold California by mandating California car regulations in our state, and pass legislation like the ECO Act that would force all Minnesota families to pay more for their electricity to subsidize electric vehicles. However, no matter how much the government tries to use a combination of force and subsidies to increase EV adoption in our state, they can't change the fact that most EVs are unprofitable. New research from Lux research shows that despite cost declines for EVs they are...

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