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MN ‘all about jobs’ GOP give some love to utilities companies at the expense of clean air

by rachel_nygaard on January 22, 2011

Another bill from the ‘all about jobs’ GOP majority in the Minnesota legislature aims to remove the ban on increasing carbon dioxide emissions by utilities.  

S.F. No. 86,  as introduced – 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)   Posted on Jan 20, 2011
1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to energy; removing ban on increased carbon dioxide emissions by
1.3utilities; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 216H.02, subdivision 4;
1.4repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 216H.03.

Again, this shows that the GOP cares about corporate interest before Minnesota citizens.  Allowing for unlimited carbon dioxide emissions will just compound the effects of climate change.

And before you go all conspiracy theorist on me, lets have a little science lesson.
First, you will note that I said climate change and not global warming. No, scientists are not PR experts, we suck as bad as the democrats in getting a message out (only half kidding there). Is it cold in Minnesota? yes. Does that mean climate change isn’t occurring? no. Secondly,  is carbon dioxide is naturally produced in the environment, by humans and other animals? yes.  Plants and algae work to remove carbon dioxide from the environment.  Prior to the industrial revolution, this worked out well. There was a balance.  After that point, we have so much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced that our natural cleaners just can’t keep up. (getting down from high horse)
Here’s a great site discussing the climate change debate

We do a pretty bad job explaining how science works to the general public, which is why it has been so easy for the GOP to instil doubt. Letting utility companies police themselves is the wrong direction for Minnesota.  We need to protect our air, water and other natural resources for future generations.



S.F. No. 86,  as introduced – 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)   Posted on Jan 20, 2011

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to energy; removing ban on increased carbon dioxide emissions by
1.3utilities; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 216H.02, subdivision 4;
1.4repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 216H.03.
1.5BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.6    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 216H.02, subdivision 4, is amended to
1.7read:
1.8    Subd. 4. General elements of the plan. The plan must:
1.9    (1) estimate 1990 and 2005 greenhouse gas emissions in the state and make
1.10projections of emissions in 2015, 2025, and 2050;
1.11    (2) identify, evaluate, and integrate a broad range of statewide greenhouse gas
1.12reduction options for all emission sectors in the state;
1.13    (3) assess the costs, benefits, and feasibility of implementing the options;
1.14    (4) recommend an integrated set of reduction options and strategies for implementing
1.15the options that will achieve the goals in subdivision 1, including analysis of the associated
1.16costs and benefits to Minnesotans;
1.17    (5) estimate the statewide greenhouse gas emissions reductions anticipated from
1.18implementation of existing state policies; and
1.19    (6) recommend a system to require the reporting of statewide greenhouse gas
1.20emissions, identifying which facilities must report, and how emission estimates should
1.21be made; and.
1.22    (7) evaluate the option of exempting a project from the prohibitions contained in
1.23section 216H.03, subdivision 3, if the project contributes a specified fee per ton of carbon
1.24dioxide emissions emitted annually by the project, the proceeds of which would be used to
2.1fund permanent, quantifiable, verifiable, and enforceable reductions in greenhouse gas
2.2emissions that would not otherwise have occurred.

2.3    Sec. 2. REPEALER.
2.4Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 216H.03, is repealed.

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