Clean energy has made great strides — and Minnesota must keep pressing forward

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama rejected the small minority of people who deny climate science, adding that even if the science is wrong, “Why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?”

Since 2008 wind power in the U.S. has tripled, and since 2010 solar has quadrupled. And clean energy has certainly been a success story here in Minnesota. According to an Environment Minnesota report, solar power capacity per person has increased 42 percent in the last two years. And from making unprecedented investments in clean energy to pushing to extend clean energy tax credits, the president deserves credit for that success.

But of course, we can’t stop now — especially with the climate crisis looming. That’s why we need to continue to push solar forward in the state of Minnesota. Our state leaders need to protect our current pro-solar policies and we need to push our clean-energy goals even further. We should be continually working toward a 100 percent clean-energy future, both here in Minnesota and in the United States overall.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by rolf westgard on 01/24/2016 - 10:52 am.

    Energy dreaming

    Dreamers have often produced the ideas of the future, but the 100% renewables dream is still just that. The letter speaks of increases in solar and wind. But the base is so small that increases are easy. Wind and solar have an important role to play. they are too erratic and low density to be significant substitutes for fossil fuel power, and they require big subsidies. As I write, a long winter night as ended to a cloudy day, and winds have been erratic. Fortunately, our 3 nukes keep putting out billions of KWH, night and day, wind or calm, rain or shine. It’s a good idea to replace coal burning Sherco – build an AP1000 nuke like they are doing in the south. It will last for at least 80 years, unlike short lived solar panels and wind turbines.

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