Lower beef consumption in the U.S. is a good thing, but…

July 16, 2024

The big picture is not so encouraging

About the Monticello nuke plant

July 10, 2024

It will unfortunately probably live on

It’s cow gas all right

February 7, 2024

Kudos for calling it what it is

It looks like carbon capture may not get far

December 12, 2023

Not in these parts, anyway

A federal loan for a new dirty fuels plant?

September 11, 2023

This must not happen

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MN-07: Ever wonder what became of Collin Peterson?

July 10, 2023

I would guess probably not

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Growing voices of righteousness vs. ethanol

March 2, 2022

I have to note right off the bat that the terms “growing” and “righteousness” in the title of this are open to a measure of debate. For example, not all anti-ethanol voices have been righteously motivated. Ever since the mandate’s inception, farm-state senators in particular have pushed to increase it, and oil-state senators have tried […]

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Enbridge’s mega-con

January 3, 2022

Well, now. As Republican state officials insist that Canadian oil pipelines are necessary to lower energy costs for American consumers, the fossil fuel giant operating those pipelines is suddenly citing the climate crisis its products are creating as a rationale for raising those prices higher, according to new documents reviewed by the Daily Poster… Last […]

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Speaking of filthy fossil fuels boondoggles…

September 13, 2021

The Nemadji Trail Energy Center (doesn’t that sound innocuous, even pleasant?) is planned for Superior, Wisconsin. Minnesota has a legal say because many of its customers will be in the northeast part of this state. They deserve better. We all do. The Minnesota Court of Appeals (August 23) upheld Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval […]

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Now it’s flagrantly time to get rid of corn ethanol as fuel

August 23, 2021

Despite the drought, most of the corn and soybeans around here look pretty good. (“Around here” means the parts of Mille Lacs, Isanti, Sherburne, and Benton counties that I drive across now and then.) That’s because the larger farms around here mostly have irrigation systems. (It’s different with the small operations.) Which brings us to […]

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What’s the deal with these proposed carbon capture pipelines?

August 12, 2021

I gotta admit that I am none too thrilled about this. Navigator CO2 Ventures, which is planning a pipeline that will stretch over 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) through Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois, says it is offering “carbon capture solutions for a greener planet.” While Summit Carbon Solutions, whose pipeline will connect refineries […]

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Enbridge is coming on strong, and so is the opposition

June 7, 2021

From last week: After a short spring break on mainline construction required by Minnesota regulators, however, Enbridge is now entering a new phase of construction — and a new phase of protests. As the company restarted construction this week, opponents of the project geared up for a wave of larger demonstrations aimed at slowing or […]