www.mnaction.org Thursday, April 24, 2014  

Clean Water, Clean Energy Jobs, and No Rollbacks!

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Background

NO ROLLBACKS AND BETTER ENFORCEMENT--
Minnesotans want to maintain safeguards that are in place to protect our land, air, and water and have better enforcement of those protections. Environmental review, clean water and clean energy policies, township and community rights, public land protection, and adequate transit funding are at the heart of these protections.

More than 80 percent of Minnesota voters want industries to continue to follow existing laws that protect land, air and water. When it comes specifically to the mining industry, 81 percent of Minnesota voters support requiring better enforcement of existing regulations on mine operators, and resisting attempts to weaken these regulations.*

In addition, 85 percent of Minnesota voters polled support a requirement that non-ferrous sulfide mine operators prove they have the financial means to clean up pollution from their mines before they begin operations. This type of mining (new to Minnesota) has a long history of causing toxic pollution in other states and has been proposed for northern Minnesota near waters that flow into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior.

STAY TRUE TO THE LEGACY AMENDMENT--
To stay true to the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment – approved by 1.6 million voters in 2008 – we will work with elected officials to protect these dedicated funds so they are not raided to solve short-term budget problems or used for purposes not specified in the Minnesota Constitution.

We must ensure that those dedicated funds are used effectively and going where they will do the most good so we will get a good return on our investment. It is time to Make the Amendment Work for Clean Water.

CLEAN ENERGY JOBS--
Minnesota spends more than $22 billion annually to import energy – money that is stimulating the economies of other states and nations rather our own. Minnesota’s economy is burdened by our dependence on imported and dirty fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal. Instead, our state should be producing more clean home-grown Minnesota energy.

To keep on our course for safe, clean energy, we should maintain the moratoriums on new coal and nuclear power plants and focus instead on increasing the use of renewable energy options such as wind and solar. 70 percent of Minnesota voters want their elected officials to keep the existing Renewable Energy Standard that requires 25 percent of Minnesota’s energy to come from renewable sources.*

In Minnesota, Solar energy manufacturing actually expanded during the economic downturn. Companies like tenKsolar in Bloomington, Solar Skies in Alexandria, and Silicon Energy in Mountain Iron have been creating and growing jobs across Minnesota. We need to implement policies that help spur more Minnesota development for solar jobs and manufacturing throughout the state. One way we can accomplish this is with a 10 percent Solar Electricity Standard that will require Minnesota to produce at least 10 percent of our electricity needs from solar power by the year 2030.

We recognize the difficult economic times facing our state and nation. Yet it is in these challenging times when our values are truly tested. Contact your elected officials and help pass onto our children and grandchildren a heritage of clean lakes, rivers and streams, abundant wildlife, natural areas and accessible parks and trails.

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Who is the Minnesota Environmental Partnership?
Minnesota Environmental Partnership is a statewide coalition of 80 nonprofit conservation and environmental organizations, representing more than 450,000 Minnesotans. Formed in 1998, MEP works with its member organizations to protect and restore Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, forests, wildlife habitat and natural areas.

*Polling data is from a statewide telephone poll of 701 registered Minnesota voters, conducted Nov. 16-21, 2010 for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is 3.7 percentage points, plus or minus, at a 95 percent confidence level; margins of error for subgroups within the sample will be larger.

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Dear Governor,

We recognize the difficult economic times facing our state and nation. It is in these challenging times when our values are truly tested. I ask for your support to pass onto our children and grandchildren a legacy of clean lakes, rivers and streams, abundant wildlife, natural areas and accessible parks and trails. These issues are important priorities to me this year. Please make it a priority to:

• Defend against rollbacks by maintaining safeguards and enforcing the existing laws
• Create clean energy jobs and businesses by harvesting clean energy from the sun
• Stay true to the Legacy Amendment - do not allow raids of these dedicated
funds to fix short-term problems
• Make the Amendment Work for Clean Water by ensuring the funds are used effectively and going where they will do the most good
• Protect our water from toxic mining pollution

I hope I can count on your support.

Sincerely,

Your name and address here


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