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Calling climate change “an existential threat,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) issued a proposal to bring Minnesota's electric sector to 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050.
Under the proposal, by 2050 all Gopher State electric utilities would be required to use only carbon-free energy resources. Utilities would be allowed the flexibility to choose how and at what pace they meet the standard but would be mandated to prioritize energy efficiency and clean energy resources over fossil fuels when replacing or adding new power generation.
The proposal includes provisions to assist workers and communities affected by the transition and prioritizes local employment and prevailing wages for large new clean energy projects.
Walz’s plan drew support from his fellow Democrats, along with a bevy of faith leaders and clean energy advocates. It subsequently drew the wrath of Republicans and business groups, who called the proposal “extreme.” Lawmakers will begin weighing the measure this week. (MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, GRAND FORKS HERALD)