Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday that his fellow DFLers in the Legislature would try to crack the Republican blockade on much of Gov. Tim Walz’s climate change agenda next year by forming a united front in a “Clean Energy and Climate Caucus.”
We may have just seen the first skirmish in a war between Big Oil and clean energy in Minnesota. And clean energy won.
Members of a local environmentalist group on Monday, Oct. 28, criticized Xcel Energy’s proposed electric power generation plan for the next 15 years, saying the company is not going far enough in its pledge to cut carbon emissions.
The growing ranks of Minnesotans insisting that business and government act now to address the climate crisis will press their case at a hearing Monday in St. Paul on Xcel Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan.
Environmental advocacy group MN350 announced that its Pledge of Resistance this week recorded its 2,500th signature. Signers of the pledge commit to taking non-violent direct action or supporting direct action if legal and administrative efforts to stop Line 3 are unsuccessful.
Xcel Energy’s proposed natural gas plant in Becker is part of the city’s economic development strategy, said Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram. But for folks closely watching the rise of carbon levels and the impacts of climate change in Minnesota and beyond, a new greenhouse-gas-emitting plant is not welcome.
MN350 commends the Walz administration on the release Tuesday of a state report calling for action to combat carbon pollution from Minnesota’s transportation system. The report, released the same day as the Trump administration’s announcement that it intends to eliminate the ability of states to enforce strong vehicle emissions standards, demonstrated the feasibility and need for state action against pollution.
Xcel Energy has already pledged to go carbon-free, allowing the city’s plan to focus on other areas to reduce emissions.
The College of St. Benedict junior was heading back to Minnesota from her home in Madison, Wisconsin. “I told him, ‘I’m an environmental studies major. I’m going to solve climate change,’ ” Stattelman-Scanlan recounted Wednesday during an interview with the St. Cloud Times.
As the Minnesota Legislature considers a visionary goal to produce 100% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050, a similar movement nationwide is growing. So many U.S. cities and states have already made the 100% renewables pledge that an economy powered by 100% renewables appears inevitable. Hundreds of Minnesotans are expected to gather Monday at the Capitol to show lawmakers that support for moving to an equitable clean-energy economy is widespread here.