It’s an argument that has become popular among supporters of the Twin Metals and PolyMet projects. Yet the clean energy case for copper-nickel mining hasn’t exactly won over skeptics in Minnesota.
The report on wind energy employment comes as state lawmakers are debating the role Minnesota government should play in speeding the transition to a carbon-free power grid.
Prairie Island sits next to one of Minnesota’s two nuclear plants, yet the tribe has never benefited from money paid to the state by Xcel for storing radioactive waste there.
Republicans, who have a majority in the state Senate, were largely skeptical of the governor’s energy and have already painted it as an unrealistic mandate that would raise energy bills for consumers.
Delay is a reckless option. It is not too late, but coasting away from fossil fuel won’t do. We need to slam the brakes.
To continue building a clean energy economy, state policymakers should provide certainty around regulation, financing, and public policy goals such as the reduction of carbon pollution.
We must support the expansion of renewable energy, efficiency standards and flexible solutions to air pollution and climate change in Minnesota.