Tina Liebling on Energy & Oil
25% renewable energy by 2025
As energy production evolves so must Minnesota. In 2007, Minnesota passed a renewable energy standard of 25% by 2025. Many utilities are close to achieving the goal, but we must do even better. I support the proposal for 50% of our energy to come
from renewables by 2030. This is not only better for our environment and Minnesotans' wallets, it creates good paying jobs. Clean energy jobs grew 78% from 2000 to 2014, compared to total 11% for total employment. And climate change MUST be contained.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website TinaLiebling.com
, May 2, 2017
Cap-and-trade to achieve MN greenhouse gas reduction goals
Legislative Summary: This act may be cited as the "Green Solutions Act of 2008".
- The legislature finds that a cap and trade program will achieve Minnesota's greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals in a cost-effective manner.
The right to emit greenhouse gases should be auctioned to emitting facilities rather than allocated at no cost, with proceeds from the auction invested in projects that advance the transition to a low greenhouse gas-emitting economy.
- A greenhouse gas
cap and trade program is best pursued in cooperation with other Midwestern states.
- A "climate trust fund" is established [to manage revenue from auctions]
OnTheIssues explanation: Cap-and-trade was first popularized in the
1990s under President George H.W. Bush as a means to efficiently reduce CO2 emissions.
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 91-38 on April 23; Rep. Tina Liebling voted YES; passed Senate 43-21; signed by Gov. Pawlenty on May 19.
Source: Minnesota legislative voting records: HF 3195
, Apr 23, 2008
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