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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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Xcel Should Skip the Solar and Wind and Plan for A Nuclear Future

Last weekend the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an article entitled Xcel Looks At New Nuclear Options As it Moves to Carbon-Free Power Goals. The article explains that nuclear energy is critical to Xcel Energy's carbon free energy plans and the role that newer nuclear reactors could play in their energy portfolio. It is very telling that Xcel wants to build new nuclear power plants because according to a recent filing with Minnesota regulators, the company clearly knows that building a grid to operate on high levels of wind and solar penetration is a recipe for the kind of blackouts that recently affected 2...

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Star Tribune: Technology, Cost Could Hamper Efforts for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Grid in Minnesota by 2050

On April 20th, the Star Tribune ran a story entitled "Technology, Cost Could Hamper Efforts for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Grid in Minnesota by 2050." It was good to see the paper acknowledging that the policies proposed by Governor Walz and House DLF'ers will be expensive and the technology needed to attain this goal (without the use of nuclear and large hydro) does not exist. ...

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Biased Much? Why Is the Star-Tribune Using a Misleading Photo of The Proposed PolyMet Mine?

Gee, I wonder how the folks over at the StarTribune feel about the DNR's decision to grant the needed Permit to Mine for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Oh wait, the picture they selected for their website shows their hand, among other things. There is no question that passions run high on both sides of the mining debate in Minnesota, but the Strib's decision to publish a photo of the old LTV Taconite facility, which has sat idle since 2001, and label it the PolyMet Mine is incredibly shoddy journalism that does not give readers a fair impression of what the facility will...

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