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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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Tune in Tomorrow: Say No To California Car Mandates!

Tomorrow, Scott Lambert from the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association and I will be presenting on Governor Walz’s attempt to impose California car mandates on Minnesota. These regulations will increase the cost of driving for all Minnesota families but deliver zero measurable environmental benefits. Click here to sign up for the webinar, and click here to sign our petition opposing the rules....

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Walz’s 100 Percent “Clean Energy” Mandates: Increasing Prices, Falling Reliability

On January 21, 2021, Governor Walz announced his administration would require 100 percent of Minnesota's electricity to come from "clean energy" by 2040. The plan also seeks to increase mandates for energy conservation and reduce emissions from existing buildings by half by 2035. This proposal is, by far, the closest thing to the Green New Deal that has ever been proposed in Minnesota. ...

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Seven Energy and Environment Takeaways from the Minnesota Elections

Based on information from the Star Tribune's election coverage, it looks like the State Senate may remain in the hands of the Republicans, while the State House of Representatives will remain in the hands of the Democrats. Republicans maintaining an advantage in the Senate has important implications for energy and environmental policy in the state. Here is how the election results affect the seven biggest energy and environment topics in Minnesota. California Car Mandates: The retention of the Senate does nothing to change the Walz Administration's attempt to force Minnesotans to comply with California's car mandates. I would expect the announcement of these...

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Two DFL Legislators Hit Reverse on Opposition to California Car Mandates

On Tuesday I wrote about how 123 candidates for office in Minnesota have signed a pledge to oppose the Walz administration's attempt to impose California car mandates on Minnesota. One encouraging aspect of the pledge was the fact that both Republicans and DFLers had signed it. Unfortunately, two DFL legislators have hit reverse on their opposition to the new regulations. According to MinnPost: "Two Democratic state lawmakers who signed a pledge opposing tougher vehicle emission standards proposed by Gov. Tim Walz now say they support the regulations. State Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton, and state Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, asked to be...

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123 Legislative Candidates Sign Pledge Opposing California Car Mandates

A MinnPost article published yesterday shows 123 legislative candidates, including Republicans and Democrats, oppose Governor Walz's attempt to impose California car mandates on Minnesotans. The pledge shows there is strong, bipartisan opposition to the regulations from legislative candidates and citizens alike. More than 5,000 Minnesotans have already signed American Experiment's petition telling Governor Walz not to adopt the regulations. You can add your name to this growing list by going to www.NoCaCars.com....

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