www.mnaction.org Friday, November 28, 2014  

Exemptions for corporate special interests continue!

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Issue

Did they forget about jobs already?

Background

Here we go again. In a disturbing continuation of last year’s trend, the Legislature seems to be bowing to corporate special interests by granting them special exemptions from laws that protect our water, air and health. Instead of focusing on jobs (by promoting good clean energy jobs, for example) the legislature is preoccupied with partisan politics, like the firing of Public Utilities Commisioner Ellen Anderson and introducing the bills we saw this week.

Give Last Year’s Changes a Chance to Work
Let’s give last year’s policy changes and the Governor’s Executive Order time to work before we attempt to streamline the recently adopted environmental review “streamlining” (H.F. 1 and Executive Order 11-04). State agencies have been responsive to concerns and the Governor has taken steps internally to make effective changes. It doesn’t make sense to rush more policy changes before the recent changes have time to take effect.

Make More Investments to Protect Our Health
General fund cuts have decreased the number of State agency staff available to review permits and environmental studies for industries and companies that pollute. This brings to light our overarching concern about pollution regulations – a lack of investment even though Minnesotans like you and I want even stronger laws and stronger enforcement to protect our health and our Great Outdoors.

You Want Stronger Laws and Enforcement
Two thirds of Minnesotans want stronger enforcement and stronger laws. And 79% of Minnesotans believe we can have jobs and a clean environment.

JANUARY 2012 PUBLIC OPINION POLL

Why? Remember what we are talking about here. These are not simply construction permits, these are permits to increase the pollution we are putting in our air, the particulate matter that contributes to asthma, mercury that contaminates our fish, and chemicals that are being dumped into our rivers.

Last year, we allowed the fox to guard the hen house by allowing corporate special interests to write their own environmental studies. We don’t want to now ask the fox to be in charge of our chicken coop’s security system.

From a statewide telephone poll of 500 registered Minnesota voters, conducted Jan. 9-11, 2012, for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies. The margin of sampling error for the full statewide samples is 4.4 percentage points, plus or minus; margins of error for subgroups within the sample will be larger.


PRECINCT CAUCUS RESOLUTIONS:
Going to your precinct caucus next Tuesday, Feb. 7th? Support clean water and clean energy by introducing these resolutions.

-Click Here for Sulfide Mining Resolution #1
-Click Here for Sulfide Mining Resolution #2
-Click Here for Sulfide Mining Factsheet
-Click Here for Clean Energy Resolution
-Click Here for Health, Environment and Chemicals Resolution

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Stop the rollbacks!


Dear Governor,

We are in our second week at the Capitol and three bills that rollback protections for our air and water have already passed out of the Senate and House Environment committees. We must not move our state backwards on policies that protect our water, invest in clean energy and protect our health. Minnesota is a great place to live and I’d like to keep it that way!

When you vote, keep constituents like me in mind, not corporate special interests.

Let’s give the recent policy changes and the Governor’s Executive Order a chance work before we attempt to streamline last year’s “streamlining” efforts. State agencies have been responsive to concerns and the Governor has taken steps internally to make effective changes.

General fund cuts have decreased the number of State agency staff available to review permits and environmental studies for industries and companies who pollute. This brings to light my overarching concern about pollution regulations – a lack of investment even though Minnesotans like me want stronger laws and stronger enforcement to protect our health and our Great Outdoors.

Constituents like me from across the state want stronger enforcement and stronger laws. Why? Permitting pollution is the price we pay for modern society, environmental review and permitting are safeguards put in place to protect our health. Pollution permits track and limit the pollution industries are putting in our air and water - particulate matter that contributes to asthma, mercury that contaminates our fish, and chemicals that are being dumped into our rivers and drinking water sources.

Last year, we allowed the fox to guard the hen house by allowing corporate special interests to write their own environmental studies. We don’t want to let the fox take over security for our chicken coop. Please vote to protect our health and defend environmental review and permitting.



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