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As Blue Wave Fizzles to Purple Haze, There Are Reasons for Optimism Amid Midterm Results

It turns out there was no blue wave or red wave, and the purple haze that settled over the country in the wake of the midterm elections gives me reasons for optimism moving forward regarding energy and environmental policy in the coming years. 1.Senate gains could mean we will finally end the handouts for wind and solar: As you may know, wind and solar are huge recipients of federal tax subsidies, and these subsidies are the main reason why anyone invests in wind or solar. Fortunately, last night's results maybe these subsidies may finally go the way of the dodo bird. The wind...

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An Energy Injustice: Low Income Households Will Subsidize Wealthy Ones Under New Handouts for Community Solar

Environmental groups may pay lip service to "environmental justice" in low-income communities, but these communities are being hoodwinked by the environmentalists who will make it harder for low-income families to pay their electric bill so the community solar program can be funded, at any cost.  ...

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One Step Closer: MN Environmental Agencies Send Proposed Polymet Permit Changes to EPA For Approval

The Polymet mining project took one more step toward a final decision on whether the company will be able to begin developing some of Minnesota's massive copper, nickel, platinum, and cobalt deposits because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) has sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency an updated permit for the agency's approval. The suggestions come from more than 700 public comments submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and PCA on the proposed Polymet project. The comments including responses, proposed permit, and Technical Support Document can be viewed at the following link. American Experiment has written extensively on the economic benefits...

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Will Global Warming Destroy Us All? Probably Not

We often hear that global warming will eventually be the end to all of us. The message is pervasive, and it has been trumpeted again by a newly-released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. While renewable energy advocates, anti-pipeline activists, and others attempt to use global warming as a "trump card," when lobbying for government policies and mandates for their preferred sources of energy, its important to look at whether these claims are supported by the scientific evidence, especially as President Trump has removed the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (not a treaty), and rescinded...

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“Visitors can get you only so far,” Upper Michigan Hungry For More Mining

Mining opponents throughout the country cite tourism and recreation industries as "sustainable" alternatives to mining, including in Minnesota. However, what these arguments miss is that people who live in areas that are dependent upon tourism are hungry for opportunities in other industries because the tourism industry simply does not provide the kind of high-wage jobs that people in the area need to raise and support a family....

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Trump Administration Releases Revised Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration has released its revised version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was considered to be the signature climate change regulation of the Obama Administration. The new rule, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants rather than imposing a set of top-down policies from the federal government. The CPP was designed to fundamentally transform electricity markets by forcing coal plants to retire and require the use of wind and solar to replace. As we've already seen in Minnesota, this comes...

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Strib Article: The trouble with recycling: It’s a plastic paradox

The Strib ran a fascinating piece about recycling today. The article, pasted below, describes how the big blue bins we throw our recyclables into have become a problem. However, the article misses one of the biggest problems recycling faces: people don't have much reason to care about it. Sure, we all want to do what is best for the environment, but very few people are willing to learn how to properly recycle. Additionally, the business model for recycling doesn't make sense because normal people don't really have anything to gain from recycling other than warm fuzzy feelings. This results in a situation...

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