Planet Earth

Over the last year, we have heard a great deal of talk from radical Democrats in Congress promoting what they call the “Green New Deal.” Their proposal is a package of policies that would remake the U.S. economy, costing trillions of dollars. Supporters hope to eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions, which is virtually impossible to achieve.

The plan is unrealistic and would severely damage America’s economy, resulting in unreliable energy production.

This past legislative session, some of the Green New Deal’s ideas made their way to St. Paul and were strongly supported by Gov. Tim Walz and House Democrats. One specific proposal was to make Minnesota’s electricity sector 100 percent free of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

A study released in March by the Center for the American Experiment found that increasing Minnesota’s renewable energy mandate to only 50 percent by 2030 would cost the state $80.1 billion in meeting this standard, and it would put the reliability of Minnesota’s electrical grid at risk.

According to the study, this would increase electricity prices by more than 40 percent and cause the electric bill for the average Minnesota household to increase by $375 per year.

Such drastic and radical changes to Minnesota’s energy policy would have little to no demonstrable impact on the planet’s warming.

Thankfully, none of the Democrats’ radical energy initiatives became law this year.

We can do better than what Democrats have proposed. Minnesota can have reliable, efficient energy and a clean environment without needlessly raising energy costs on consumers and causing irreparable harm to our economy. Nuclear, hydro-electric and clean coal can deliver environmentally friendly energy while lowering the cost of electricity.

As always, I urge you to contact me if you have any legislative questions, concerns or ideas. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4229 or via email at rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn.

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