Organizers say a lunch-time rally today in South St. Paul will focus on affordable energy. Its sponsors include groups that often advocate for lower taxes.
But protesters claim the event is “organized by Washington lobbyists” and is aimed at trying to kill the pending Clean Energy Act.
Rally organizers say the Minnesota Energy Citizens’ Rally will show how climate change legislation being debated in Washington affects Minnesotans.
When: Monday, Aug. 31 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Clarion Hotel, 701 S. Concord St., South St. Paul
- MN Farm Bureau
- River Heights Chamber of Commerce
- Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
- Free Market Institute
- MN Taxpayers League
- Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
Protesters, though — who include state Reps. Jeremy Kalin and Kate Knuth; the Rev. Luther Dale, a Lutheran pastor; Ralph Jacobson, CEO of Innovative Power Systems; Mario Montesterio of Westwood Renewables; Margaret Levin, Sierra Club state director; Jenna Garland of Clean Water Action and 1Sky; and Samantha Chadwick of Environment Minnesota — say the event is “being organized in order to kill the popular clean energy jobs bill being considered by the Senate this fall.”
They say a recent Zogby poll found that 71 percent of likely voters supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, or the ACES bill, which passed the House in late June.