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Last Week’s Cold, This Week’s Trespassers, Shows We Need a Pipeline Protection Bill

Last week saw temperatures in Minnesota plummet to 24 below zero in the Twin Cities, and International Falls registered a temperature of minus 36 degrees. It was so cold outside that Xcel Energy had to urge its 460,000 natural as customers to turn their thermostats down to 63 degrees or face widespread shortages of natural gas, putting hundreds of thousands of people on edge, worrying about whether they could stay warm. Part of the problem  was a strain Xcel's natural gas distribution system, and this will likely need to be remedied with more pipeline infrastructure, if Xcel can get it built. This...

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Ringing in the New Year with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Energy and Environmental Policy for 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! You may or may not be recuperating from last night's events, but here is a short post on the upcoming, good, bad, and ugly happenings for energy and environmental policy in 2019. The Good: PolyMet PolyMet's NorthMet mining project has cleared all of the regulatory hurdles needed at the state level, leaving a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the final remaining substantive approval. Thankfully, we have a President in the White House who understands the importance of mining and will not delay the project as long as possible in the regulatory morass, like...

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Anti-Pipeline Protesters Ruin Theater of Public Policy Performance for Everyone

Angry anti-pipeline protesters crashed the party at The Theater of Public Policy Monday evening, as eco-activists who oppose building new pipelines to safely and efficiently transport oil decided the show must not go on. The Star Tribune reports: "Tane Danger has been hosting the Theater of Public Policy for 350 shows in seven years, melding topical discussions with improvisational comedy. For the first time Monday evening, he canceled mid-show after anti-pipeline protesters in the crowd continuously shouted down his guests, two utility regulators. Acrimony from a PUC meeting earlier Monday — in which the panel reaffirmed its support for a new $2.6 billion...

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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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Two Dozen Anti-Pipeline Protesters Arrested in Bemidji: They Aren’t The Heroes They Think They Are

Anti-pipeline activists forget that engineering is a science, and that it allows us to transport oil and natural gas safely through pipelines more than 99.999 percent of the time. These people are not defenders of science or the environment. They're a sideshow movement that has deluded themselves into thinking they are somehow saving the planet, when in reality the policies they advocate put the environment at greater risk....

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