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State of MN Requests Input on Environmental Report Card

December 07, 2012 J

AFP-MN encourages activists to provide comments online and attend upcoming public meetings.

Gov. Mark Dayton and several of his sub-cabinet state agencies are holding joint Environmental Quality Board forum events around the state this month. This coming week, events will be held in Worthington, St. Cloud, and Moorhead (along with taking public comments online). As State Representative Steve Drazkowski recently told the media, it is critical to attend these meetings and provide input on the Dayton Administration’s views on climate change, energy use regulation, and other important issues they will ask the legislature to act on this spring.

These hearings are part of the MN Environmental Congress, a large public comment gathering initiative in which the DNR, Department of Health, Pollution Control Agency, and six other agencies provide a “report card” on the current status of Water, Soil, and Air quality in Minnesota, along with a politically-charged climate impact statement. In the climate report, humans are blamed for rising global temperatures, and this rise is linked to other weather events in Minnesota.

We’re asking for your help. Please go to the MEC site and issue public comment between now and January. AFP supports free market energy policies, opposes wasteful subsidies on wind and other alternative forms, and supports job growth from a variety of energy sources, not just those preferred by state government. Gov. Dayton and his allies have recently supported raising the alternative energy standard (already at 25% by 2025), raising gas taxes, banning coal, mining and nuclear energy, and much more. Your voice in this debate is important.

Second, attend one of three forums next week if possible. Here are the details:

  • Mon., Dec. 10 Worthington High School, Worthington (3:30-6pm)
  • Wed., Dec. 12 St. Cloud State University-Atwood Memorial Center (5:30pm-8pm)
  • Fri., Dec. 14 MN State University Moorhead-CU Comstock Memorial Ballroom (3:00-5:30pm)

Finally, you can read a blog post by a conservative activist on his recent experience at one of these forums held in Duluth.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.


John Cooney
State Director, Americans for Prosperity

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