What would it take to do away with nuclear and coal and get all our electricity from so-called renewable sources?  Well some folks in Minnesota thought this would be a good idea for their state and compiled a study about how to do just that.  But their results don’t bode very well for the cost of such a Green utopia.  Even with the projections heavily biased in favor of renewables, the study found Minnesota would need, for example, to shovel out as much as 60 million dollars per year for trees and 200 million annually for such things as windmills, biomass, and conservation programs.  With the total price tag pegged at 1.7 billion per year an a nearly 50% rate hike in utility bills expected, it’s little wonder that one of the study’s authors called the plan “economic suicide.”

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