World famous explorer Will Steger has joined forces with the Sierra Club and local environmental extremists in their attempt to shut down the Becker power plant, aka Sherco 1-2:

Regulators want to hear what ­citizens think about Xcel Energy’s giant coal-fired power plant in Becker, Minn.

As long as they keep it to three minutes.

As a courtesy to prominent climate activists, the state Public Utilities Commission has set aside time at its Dec. 5 meeting to hear their views on a procedural matter with implications for the future of coal-based electricity in Minnesota.

Polar explorer Will ­Steger and St. Paul attorney Barbara Freese, author of “Coal: A Human History,” are among the activists who want ­regulators to consider shutting down the two oldest coal units at Xcel’s Sherco power plant by the end of the decade.

What these militant environmentalists want, though they won’t admit it, are high-priced electricity. They’re also pushing for Minnesota to rely on unreliable energy sources:

Minnesota is on the road to a clean energy future. Our state is on track to get 25 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2025, and this year Minnesota established solar policies that will mean 34 times more solar in 2020 than today.

That’s just part of the Sierra Club’s agenda. They also want to eliminate natural gas:

Natural gas drillers exploit government loopholes, ignore decades-old environmental protections, and disregard the health of entire communities. “Fracking,” a violent process that dislodges gas deposits from shale rock formations, is known to contaminate drinking water, pollute the air, and cause earthquakes. If drillers can’t extract natural gas without destroying landscapes and endangering the health of families, then we should not drill for natural gas.

That’s an important part of the Sierra Club’s agenda but there’s more to it:

Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic. The Beyond Nuclear team works with diverse partners and allies to provide the public, government officials, and the media with the critical information necessary to move humanity toward a world beyond nuclear.

That’s right. The Sierra Club, which is the driving force behind shutting down Sherco, essentially wants to eliminate the most reliable forms of energy. Their goal is to replace these reliable energy sources with unreliable energy sources.

There’s nothing centrist about these activists. Solar and other forms of renewable energy aren’t just unreliable. They’re expensive, too. That’s what President Obama meant when he said that, under his cap & trade plan, electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket.” If cap & trade were implemented, the only types of electricity-producing energy would be solar and wind, which are extremely expensive and unreliable.

Simply put, the Next Generation Energy Act should be repealed and Beyond Coal’s petition be ignored. The Sierra Club isn’t a centrist organization. It’s a militant environmentalist organization that’s skilled at putting on a centrist show to promote their extremist agenda.

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8 Responses to “Sierra Club, Will Steger want to shut down Becker power plant”

  • J. Ewing says:

    How can these people believe the absolute lies they are telling? The only reason to shut down a coal plant is economics, which they clearly do not care about. Human-caused Global Warming is a myth and a scam. These people should be ignored. Now, if we are “well on our way” to renewables as a major part of our energy needs, fine, no problem. If these sources of energy can compete with coal, without subsidies, and bring us energy for the same or less cost, equal reliability and similar abundance, we will do it happily, without government coercion. But just mandating “25 by 25” is expecting the laws of economics, physics and reality to bow to the whim of these wackos, and it ain’t goin’ to happen. They can ask the impossible, even expect it, but that doesn’t make it one iota less impossible.

    It’s the same with fracking. “It is known to…” is a great lead-up to an absolute, unequivocal lie. The opposite has been proven repeatedly to be the case.

    And if they’re worried about global warming, then they should all be on the nuclear bandwagon. Already, nuclear energy is far safer than solar, and in some ways is less polluting. Wind power kills birds by the thousands and emits all sorts of chemicals. Ethanol takes more energy to create than we get burning it. I think the word you are looking for is STUPID. I would say these folks just need to learn the facts, but they don’t want to know.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, the thing with wind power, other than the fact that it isn’t reliable, is that it requires copper.

    BTW, that’s copper that they want to prevent people in northern Minnesota from mining.

    I guess that means we aren’t supposed to heat or light our homes. Surely, we can’t heat with a wood stove. In other words, if we do anything to heat or light our homes, we’re killing Mother Earth.

  • J. Ewing says:

    That’s one of the “pollutants” that come from wind power– the goshawful amount of mining and manufacturing that goes into it, all with chemicals and dust and land disruption.

    But I don’t think these environmentalist wackos ever think this thing through– it’s all emotion and claptrap talking points with them. Next time they start on this, suggest to them that they take their own homes off the electric grid and refuse to use coal power or natural gas for themselves. They’ll stare at you as if you don’t have a clue. Surely what powers THEIR homes is that rainbow dust and recycled unicorn snacks, right?

  • walter hanson says:


    Correct me if I’m wrong here. The Sierra Club doesn’t want natural gas (even though that doesn’t really add to global warming), nuclear, or coal. What’s left since there is no way on Earth that wind, solar, and hydro power in Minnesota can supply our electric power?

    And MN used to have the cheapest electric rates in the nation because they had two different major sources of electric power coal and nuclear.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Rex Newman says:

    Leaving aside the obvious explanation of outright lying, it appears to me that a “successful” environmentalist must be mathematically incompetent. Their arguments don’t add up, thinking puny energy sources like solar, wind, and ethanol will power even their own personal life styles let alone modern society. They ignore the high capital costs of their “green” alternatives like light rail, oblivious to the fact that buses are maybe a third “greener” overall. They also fail to tally the guns necessary to force people to accept their wisdom – or else!

  • J. Ewing says:

    Doing a little napkin math, we could supply 20% of the US with windmill electricity by simply covering Minnesota with windmills. No cities, no lakes, no roads or farms, just windmills and the massive infrastructure to support them. Oh, and somewhere we would have to put all of the coal-fired power plants needed for when the wind wasn’t blowing. I think it is more than mathematical incompetence. It is complete and ACTIVE denial of any reality other than their fantasies of how things should be. They don’t even know WHY they’re wanting this. (Supposedly it’s global warming, but there solution is a mathematical impossibility, even if you assume their own flawed science).

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, there’s another possibility besides your explanation. It’s entirely possible they’re just lying.

  • walter hanson says:


    If Will is lying about this do you think he might be lying that he reached the North Pole. Won’t be the first explorer who was accused of that.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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