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Thoughts on Biden and Trump Debate: You Can’t “Transition Away” From Oil Without Killing Fracking

As an energy policy enthusiast, I was delighted that energy and environmental policy got some run during the last presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. I've included a link to the video at the appropriate time at the end of this post. Both candidates stumbled through their opening remarks. I felt like President Trump left a lot of yards on the field. He was trying to make some decent points, but they weren't presented in a coherent fashion and you had to know what he was trying to say in order to "get it." In fairness,...

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Politico: The One Incredibly Green Thing Donald Trump Has Done

President Trump has done an exceptional job of cleaning up Superfund sites designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The following article contains excerpts from this article in Politico, along with some of my own commentary. This article is interesting because it is clear the author is not a fan of the administration, but is forced to admit that it has done an admirable job on the Superfund program. I encourage anyone who finds these excerpts interesting to read the entire article. Shortly after Donald Trump took office, newly installed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt—a man who had previously sued the agency a dozen...

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Support American Mining

Last week, President Trump issued an executive order designed to support the American mining industry and support the processing of these minerals in the United States. The administration released the following fact sheet: SECURING SUPPLY CHAINS: President Donald J. Trump is taking further action to ensure that our economic prosperity and national security do not depend on imports from our adversaries. Today, President Trump is signing an Executive Order and declaring a National Emergency to expand the domestic mining industry, support mining jobs, alleviate unnecessary permitting delays, and reduce our Nation’s dependence on China for critical minerals. The Order begins the...

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Biden Announces Opposition to Alaskan Pebble Mine, What Does it Mean for Minnesota?

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has declared his opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, which would mine copper, molybdenum, gold, and critical rare earths elements. Biden announced his administration would stop the mine, according to the Anchorage Daily News.  Biden's announcement is bad news for Minnesotans who support copper-nickel mining in Northern Minnesota, because like the proposed Twin Metals Minnesota mine, the Obama Administration preemptively struck down the Pebble Mine without a fair, scientific review. Biden claims that the Obama administration's decision to preempt the Pebble Mine was based on science, but this could not possibly be true. Rather than...

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Statewide View Column: Trump Can Stop Walz From Turning Minnesota into a Cold California

This article originally appeared in The Duluth News Tribune. In late September, Gov. Tim Walz announced he would circumvent the Legislature by using the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s bureaucratic rulemaking process to force Minnesota to comply with California’s regulations mandating the use of zero-emissions vehicles and low-emissions vehicles (“Minnesota to follow California auto standards,” Sept. 26). Proponents of these rules claim they will improve consumer options and the environment, but the truth is these mandates will raise vehicle costs for families and businesses with no measurable environmental benefit. Thankfully, the administration of President Donald Trump may preempt Gov. Walz’s attempt to let unelected...

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Forget Greenland — Trump Should Offer Statehood to These Canadian Provinces

The news broke last Friday that Xcel Energy is proposing a massive 15.2 percent increase in their electricity prices to cover the company's desire to spend $466 million over the next three years. I will be writing about this price hike later this week, but am currently waiting on emails back from the company to make sure my ducks are all in a row. In the meantime, please enjoy the article I wrote with Jason Hayes in The Hill. President Trump’s offer to purchase Greenland from Denmark was front-page news in August, but a better option for expanding the country’s geographic footprint would be to...

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My Trip To the White House

Yesterday I made my first ever trip to the White House to hear President Trump talk about the great progress the United States has made on making sure we have clean air and clean drinking water. This point is incredibly important to make because most Americans seem to think that the environment is always getting worse, when if fact just the opposite is true. The environment in the United States has been improving for decades. https://youtu.be/4XrHi1ldxso?t=2048 President Trump mostly stayed on script, letting several cabinet secretaries talk about the achievements that have been made since the President took office. Despite claims that the...

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Isaac Invited to the White House for Trump Speech on the Environment

Hello, All! I won't be in the office today because I've been invited to attend a speech at the White House by President Trump highlighting the fact that America's air and water are cleaner today than they have been at any other time during the last 50 years. The same is true of Minnesota, where Minnesota Pollution Control Agency data show Minnesota meets even the most rigorous air quality standards in the state. In fact, burning wood for home heating and backyard campfires are now the largest contributors to particulate matter in the air. I've been in contact with White House staff members...

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