By Kelley Welf on April 30, 2013
A lively crowd of students and clean energy advocates from around the state rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol on Earth Day, April 22, to encourage legislators to advance legislation that will create jobs for Minnesotans and generate clean, local, renewable energy. The event capped off a day of action led by the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign, which is working to strengthen the state’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent by 2030; make Minnesota a leader in solar energy by enacting a solar energy standard of 10 percent by 2030; and to save consumers money by improving energy efficiency and making it easier to generate local power.
Speakers at the rally included Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Keith Ellison, House Speaker Paul Thissen, Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman, Will Steger, Katie Mercer-Taylor, Rev. Mark Peters and Javier Morillo.
“We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children, and we owe it to our grandchildren to look for ecologically sustainable, environmentally renewable sources of energy, and if we put our ingenuity together we’ll find it,” said Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton, along with Will Steger, Congressman Keith Ellison, and Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen urged advances in clean, renewable energy.
“Six years ago, the state came together in a bipartisan way to pass landmark policies to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency. But we still have work to do,” said Will Steger. “These policies will take Minnesota further down the road to a clean energy future that provides good jobs and protects the environment for generations to come.”
Senator Marty urged Minnesota to become the “first state in the country to be 100% fossil-fuel free” and reiterated that there is no “plan B” for Planet Earth.
“We need your help,” Representative Melissa Hortman said. “Because, as you know, the energy lobbyists are here. The folks who like coal are here. The folks who like natural gas are here.”
You are encouraged to contact your legislator and encourage them to support increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40% by 2030, using this link.
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