Editorial: Big Coal suit would big-foot Minnesota

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  • Updated: November 14, 2011 - 5:57 AM

Flawed North Dakota lawsuit seeks to mire state in energy past.

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aspartzNov. 13, 11 4:34 AM

"It's hard to see how suing one of your best customers in hopes they'll buy more from you is a smart business decision." ----- The State of Minnesota is not one of the customers of coal, private power companies buy the coal. The law in question prevents these private companies from providing the product (electricity) at the lowest cost of generation. The state of MN has passed a law that actually regulates interstate commerce, the prevention of which was the true justification of the interstate commerce clause.

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Willy53Nov. 13, 11 7:54 AM

Would environmental regulations advanced by any state be therefore illegal if it prevented interstate commerce? California car pollution standards were tougher than most of the other states, should that have been declared illegal since it affected interstate commerce? Many chemicals are declared cancer causing in California but are deemed safe elsewhere. Is that inhibiting interstate commerce? Corporations would rather no regulations existed at all. It is why they love to relocate out of the country so they can pollute indiscriminately and cost effectively while also shamelessly exploiting low wages. If republicans get their way, the entire concept of the Environmental Protection Agency will be illegal. This puts everyone of us at risk while shoving yet more profits in the pockets of the wealthy.

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jimjimjimjimNov. 13, 1110:03 AM

Pawlenty did a lot of damage to the Republican name. He was not a Republican - or, if he truly represented what a Republican is today it is not wonder why so many of us support the TEA Party.

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yuccapukeNov. 13, 11 1:53 PM

The Tea Party Republicans are basically operation in a tribal mentality. If only we could get them all together in a gated community with their own fossil fuel plant where the mercury and other ill effects of their thinking would only affect them. Unfortunately, that is why the rest of us need laws, to prevent the Tea Party types who care little about "the commons" and only about themselves and their tribe.

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dinojimNov. 14, 11 9:54 AM

The writer only states that the rates in MN are some of the most affordable in the nation. He doesn't point out that they are increasing and that MN has been moving up the cost of electricity charts not down. The more wind we rely on the higher the costs will go. What happens when the ecomomy turns around and you need base load energy? Where is that going to come from. If the economy stays down like it is now, then we won't need additional low cost generation, but if it turns around either we are faced with much higher costs of electricity or we get cheaper energy from coal from our friends next door. What affect would higher energy costs have on helping MN economy grow???

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kingjulienNov. 14, 1110:28 AM

The coal ban is one of the many ways that the 2007 MN Renewable Energy Standard forces the wind energy mandate. The design goal, according to Bill Grant, Director of the Division of Energy Resources at MN Commerce, was "speed" - to install as much industrial wind as fast as possible to get as much federal tax cash as possible. Bill Grant was head of the Izaak Walton League in 2007 - a recipient of $millions from the Energy Foundation of San Franscisco to lobby for wind energy. Industrial wind benefits almost entirely out-of-state and foreign corporations. The fact that a few $ million may leak in MN from the RES pipeline sending money elsewhere does not justify forcing a failed technology (wind) based on failed dreams of electricity produced by happy wishes of kites, bubbles and rainbows.

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9moonsNov. 15, 11 7:30 PM

As a North Dakota resident, why is my state using taxpayer money to file a suit on behalf of the coal companies.

Will they pay for a lawsuit on my behalf when I want to sue the oil companies in ND for destroying our landscape and way of life(among other things)?

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