State Rep. Knuth Defends Next Generation Energy Act

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Minnesota State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL – New Brighton) today released the following statement on HF 72, a bill that would repeal a key element of the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 and signed into law by former Governor Tim Pawlenty. HF 72, which was presented and discussed in the House Energy committee today, would repeal bipartisan provisions that limited new electricity from coal until the state adopts a comprehensive plan to offset emissions that contribute to climate change.

“Coal power is not the future for energy in Minnesota. It is inefficient, expensive for Minnesota ratepayers, and releases more pollutants that contribute to climate change than any other source of electricity. Innovative companies throughout our state are putting Minnesotans to work building our 21st century renewable energy economy. Why would we pull the rug out on job providers on the cutting edge in order to return to a dirty, expensive technology of the past?

Working with both parties we paved the way for a 21st century clean energy economy over the last four years. It was the right policy then, and it is now. Turning back the clock to build new coal plants puts Minnesota’s economic and environmental future at risk.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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