Remember back in January, when Gov. Tim Pawlenty was getting his green on, hosting a climate change forum with explorer Will Steger?
Well, he hasn’t said much on a green economy since the Legislature’s been in session, but at least one lawmaker wants to press a bit on the issue.
On Wednesday, the House passed a “peak oil” resolution 81 to 7 that calls for the Legislature and the guv to get ready for the day when we run out of gas. (The term refers to the idea that we’ve maxed out our global oil production, and we’re on a slow decline from here on out.)
House File 995, sponsored by Rep. Bill Hilty, a DFLer from Finlayson, resolves that “the Legislature supports the undertaking of a statewide assessment study in order to inventory state activities and their corollary resource requirements, evaluating the impact in each area to a decline in petroleum availability and to higher prices, with the aim of developing a comprehensive state plan of action and response to Peak Oil.”
It calls on the governor to “recommend funding and … give direction to state departments for the development of a response plan as soon as possible.”
In other words, think fast — we’re doomed!
The bill still has to go to the Senate for approval and then garner the governor’s attention in the waning weeks of the session.