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Clean Water, Clean Energy & Good Jobs

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Issue

Safeguard our investments for future generations

Background

UPDATE, Jan. 26: The bill to weaken local control, House File 389, is stalled in the Local Government Operations and Elections Committee for now. An outpouring of phone calls and e-mails to members of the committee, along with strong testimony opposing the bill, led to it being tabled.

Read more below and take action to keep this positive momentum going.

Clean Energy & Good Jobs: Solar Works for Minnesota
Minnesotans want to make smart choices for Minnesota’s clean energy future. Minnesota has largely untapped resources of wind and solar and ranks in the top 10 for solar energy generation potential. The time has come to utilize our potential and create local jobs by using Minnesota manufactured, installed, and generated energy!

Minnesota currently spends more than $20 billion a year purchasing and importing energy from other states and nations. By sending our money outside our borders, Minnesota’s economy is hindered by our dependence on imported dirty fossil fuels.

To keep moving forward for safe, clean energy we want to make it easier to install solar panels on schools, town halls, fire and police stations. Minnesota’s K-12 public schools alone have the space to generate hundreds of megawatts of energy – that’s millions of dollars every year according to analysis done by the Solar Works for Minnesota coalition.

Solar installations can be put up in a matter of months, immediately stimulating the manufacturing and construction industries that have been hardest hit by the recession. What’s more, investment in solar energy creates 14 jobs per $1 million invested; far outpacing jobs created by the development of old energy sources like dirty fossil fuels.

Another way to increase our Minnesota investments in clean energy is by adopting a Solar Energy Standard that will require Minnesota to produce at least 10 percent of our electricity needs from solar power by the year 2030.

By investing in solar in Minnesota, we can position the state to be a national leader in the creation of manufacturing, installation and research jobs in our state! We will reap the benefits of cleaner, less-expensive electricity, and local jobs for years to come!

To find out more about how Solar Works for Minnesota click on “more”.

Safeguard Investments for Minnesota’s Future
Minnesotans value our lakes, rivers, streams and our Great Outdoors. But threats loom large in Minnesota waters. Aquatic Invasive Species like zebra mussels and silver Asian carp have devastating consequences on Minnesota’s waters. We support increasing boat license fees, which would provide funding to help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota waters.

The Game and Fish fund no longer covers expenditures and is expected to decline because costs have increased in the last 10 years while the basic prices of fishing and hunting licenses have not. We support an increase in hunting and angling fees to ensure adequate funding for our fisheries and wildlife programs.

We support making long-term Capital Bonding investments to protect and enhance Minnesota’s Great Outdoors and create jobs. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership supports a package of long-term bonding projects that invest in clean water, protected lands, healthy communities, and a 21st Century transportation system.

In 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which dedicated additional funds to protect our land and water. We continue working 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.

And finally, we support preserving the ability of a simple majority of lawmakers to determine the overall size of the state budget and to manage available resources. Therefore, we oppose any amendments to Minnesota’s Constitution that would require a supermajority vote to raise revenue or use reserve funds, or would restrict lawmakers from using available resources. Amendments such as these would damage Minnesota’s economic future by sharply limiting Minnesota’s flexibility to respond to changing demographics and emerging needs.

Just today, we found out that a bill to weaken township and community rights in Minnesota will be heard on Thursday, Jan. 26. At the very first meeting of the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, lawmakers will take up House File 389 (Beard, Quam, Nelson, Sanders) which weakens township, county and city local control. Visit the Land Stewardship Project website to take action: http://bit.ly/w5eCu8

Who is the Minnesota Environmental Partnership?
Minnesota Environmental Partnership is a statewide coalition of around 80 conservation and environmental nonprofit organizations. Formed in 1998, the members of Minnesota Environmental Partnership work together to protect and restore Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, forests, wildlife habitat and natural areas. For more information please visit http://www.protect.mn/

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Invest in Minnesota's Future in 2012


Dear Governor,

I urge you to focus on creating clean energy jobs across Minnesota, protecting our water and Great Outdoors for future generations, and investing wisely for future generations.

Solar Works for Minnesota: Help our schools, town halls, police stations and fire stations save money in the long-run by investing in solar energy now. Minnesota's K-12 public schools alone have the space to generate hundreds of megawatts of energy - that's millions of dollars every year, according to analysis done by the Solar Works for Minnesota Coalition.

Investment in solar energy creates 14 jobs per $1 million invested -- far outpacing jobs created by the development of traditional energy sources from fossil fuels, and solar installations can be put up in a matter of months, immediately stimulating the manufacturing and construction industries that have been hardest hit by the recession.

Protect Our Water and Safeguard Our Investments: Minnesotans value our lakes, rivers, streams. But threats loom large in Minnesota waters and our Great Outdoors. The State has found that at least 40% of our tested waters are too polluted to support fishing, swimming, and aquatic life; zebra mussels and Asian carp have devastated some of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers; and the Game and Fish fund no longer fully supports fishery and wildlife programs.

I hope you will support increasing boat license fees to help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota waters, and hunting and angling fees to ensure adequate funding for our fisheries and wildlife programs. I also urge you to support capital bonding investments to protect and enhance Minnesota’s Great Outdoors and create jobs.

This should go without saying, but please ensure that funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment are not substituted for traditional funding for water and outdoors programs to solve short-term budget.

During these challenging economic times it is imperative that we protect and clean up our water, stay on the path to clean energy, and safeguard our investments for future generations.

I hope I can count on your support.


Sincerely,

Your name and address here


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