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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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Nearly 5,000 Minnesotans Send Emails Opposing California Car Mandates to Gov. Walz, MPCA

Governor Walz continues his push to transform Minnesota into Walzifornia by enacting California car mandates in our state. These mandates would increase the cost of new vehicles by up to $2,500 per car and require automakers to stock more electric vehicles in the state. Unsurprisingly, these mandates are extremely unpopular with Minnesotans from all corners of the state. In fact, nearly 5,000 individual Minnesotans have sent emails to Governor Walz and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) opposing these rules by signing Center of the American Experiment's petition at www.NoCaCars.com. The Walz administration is expected to release the new regulations for public...

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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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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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