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MN Judge Does A Disservice To All Minnesotans By Letting Pipeline Protesters Off the Hook

On October 11, 2016, three pipeline protesters from Seattle, Annette Klapstein, Emily Johnston, and Ben Joldersma, disguised as safety workers scaled a chain-link fence and used bolt cutters to unlock the shut-off valves on the Enbridge lines 4 and 67, which carry millions of gallons of oil daily across Minnesota from western Canada. The anti-pipeline activists faced felony charges that could result in up to 10 years in prison, that is, until Judge Robert Tiffany  granted the protesters' motion to dismiss the case. The ruling comes as a shock, even to the protesters themselves. However, by dismissing this case, Judge Tiffany did a vast...

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Minnesota’s Roads Receive a Dismal D-Plus Rating

Minnesota’s beleaguered road system received the lowest grade of all — a D-plus. Roads across the state are in poor condition, and congestion in the Twin Cities means motorists spend an average of 41 hours in rush-hour traffic every year, a slog that costs drivers $1,332 each in commuting expenses annually....

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Minnesota Keeps Shutting Down Inexpensive Power Plants: Why Not Expensive Renewable Energy Centers? 

In recent years, Minnesota has retired some of the most efficient power plants in the state, including Black Dog, High Bridge, Riverside, Taconite Harbor, Syl Laskin, and Hoot Lake – all of which provided electricity for under $35 per MWh, according to data collected from the United States Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC).  By closing these plants, Minnesota is shutting down power plants that can produce a lot of affordable electricity and replacing them with incredibly inefficient power plants that are far more expensive. ...

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Anti-Mining Group Is Wrong About Minnesota’s Mineral Wealth

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) recently wrote an editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune arguing Minnesota’s titanium, copper, nickel and platinum deposits are low-grade and economically risky to develop. If these resources were truly valuable, so they argued, the deposits would have been developed decades ago. However, this argument could not be more wrong....

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Beware of “Conservative” Groups Pushing For Renewable Energy and Carbon Taxes

Every year, millions of dollars are spent propping up astroturf groups that pretend to be conservative that push for decidedly unconservative policies including taxing carbon dioxide emissions and advocating for renewable energy. This happens both on the national level, and in states around the country. According to an article in the Daily Caller: "Wealthy charitable foundations spent $10 million on an effort that included handing money to conservative and libertarian think tanks and grassroots organizations to promote “a stable climate” and “a clean energy future” among other environmental issues, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found." "For example, two foundations that promote liberal energy...

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So Much for that Green Energy “Revolution.” Saudi Arabia Cancels $200 Billion Solar Project

Saudi Arabia is scrapping its plan to spend $200 billion to construct the world's largest solar panel facility in favor of a "more practical" plan. Ordinarily, a country or company scaling back their plans to install solar power would be unremarkable, but this solar project was supposed to be different. Anti-oil activists, who oppose building newer, safer, oil pipelines and hydraulic fracturing, a technology that has transformed the United States into an energy powerhouse and the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world, crowed that solar was so cheap, so virtuous, that even Saudi Arabia, which was then the largest oil producer,...

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Copper, Nickel, and Titanium Mining Would Nearly Offset Estimated Population Decline in Northern Minnesota

The Minnesota state demographer expects the population in five northern counties to shrink, on net, by 9,710 people by 2050. That is, unless 8,500 people are employed as a result of new jobs created by mining Minnesota's wealth of copper, nickel, platinum, cobalt, and titanium resources....

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Clean Energy Businesses Advocates Make the Case for More Green Energy Handouts

Special interest groups for the wind and solar industry, in addition to companies like Mortenson Construction have begun pounding the table this election cycle, holding a news conference yesterday the next governor of Minnesota to adapt several policies that will “take advantage of the economic development potential provided by advanced energy technologies and services.” Of course, what this really means is they want more subsidies and more renewable energy mandates that give wind and solar companies a monopoly on your checkbook. ...

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