A group assembled by Gov. Tim Pawlenty is strategizing how to cut greenhouse emissions by getting Minnesotans to drive less.
By Bill McAuliffe, Star Tribune
Last update: October 14, 2007 – 8:30 PM
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For the sake of the planet, kids born this year could be the first generation of Minnesotans since the invention of the automobile to drive less than their parents.
In fact, they would drive a lot less, and so would everybody else, as part of a broad transformation of behaviors, policies and economies that a governor's panel is weighing in an effort to blunt Minnesota's contribution to climate change.
"The question is, 'Can we get there and what's it going to take?'" said Jan Callison, mayor of Minnetonka and a member of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group. A reduction in driving is "one piece of a really big and complicated puzzle," Callison added, "but one conclusion is probably that we're going to need to change our driving habits."
The advisory group is a panel of more than 50 business, environmental and community leaders assembled by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to design strategies to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions -- primarily carbon dioxide -- by 80 percent by 2050. The group is more than halfway through nine months of brainstorming intended to produce a package of proposals for the 2008 Legislature to consider.
Because transportation contributes about 27 percent of the carbon dioxide poured into Minnesota's atmosphere, one of the panel's goals -- a rollback in miles driven in Minnesota to 1990 levels by 2025 -- could significantly reduce or even help reverse pollution trends.
The usual suspects are having a cow.
Sue Jeffers, Pawlenty's opponent commented:
We were told Governor Pawlenty was to be our “goalie” to prevent this type of legislation from being passed. Unfortunately he had a lot of help furthering the lefties agenda from both parties.
The Global Warming Mitigation Act of 2007 requires the state to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors to a level of at least 15% below the 2005 levels by 2015. An economy wide climate change plan must be submitted to the legislature by Feb. 1 2008. The state is then required to establish comprehensive and enforceable state law or rules pertaining to greenhouse gasses that directly limits and substantially reduces state wide power sector carbon dioxide emission by August 1, 2009. This piece of trash passed 59-5 and 125-9.
The Renewable Energy bill, passed last session is considered the strongest renewable energy standard in the country. The Democrats called this the best piece of legislation they passed, will translate into increased energy costs of 30%. This piece of trash was passed 123-10 and 64-4.
This is only the beginning folks, 2008 will be even worse as we lose more freedom, liberty and money. You can be sure the Dem’s learned from their mistakes last year, I wonder if the R’s did? Where have all the conservatives gone?