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Statements from Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith on Federal Rollback of Clean Power Plan

10/10/2017 12:20:24 PM

ST. PAUL, MN – This week, the Trump Administration began taking steps to undo the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change. Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith released the following statements today regarding the Trump Administration’s actions.
The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton:
“The Trump Administration’s constant assault on our environment will not diminish Minnesotans’ resolve to build a vibrant clean energy economy. We will not allow President Trump to stand in the way, as we do everything in our power to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that threaten our health and our environment. In the upcoming 2018 Session, I will again urge the Legislature to adopt the ‘50 by 30’ Renewable Energy Standard, which Lt. Governor Smith and legislators from both parties have championed. We must do more to ensure our children and grandchildren inherit a better future, and an even stronger clean energy economy.”
The following is a statement from Lt. Governor Tina Smith:
“President Trump’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan is bad for our environment, our health, and our economy. This decision won’t change the fact that wind, and increasingly solar energy, cost less than coal. In Minnesota, clean energy already supports more than 57,000 jobs, with growth that outpaces the rest of our state’s economy. Our administration remains committed to advancing clean energy policies that are good for the planet and good for our economy. Next session, we will continue to advocate for the bipartisan ‘50 by 30’ Renewable Energy Standard, to move Minnesota to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.”
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