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Posted: 2011-03-02 00:00:00
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Pawlenty weighs in on emissions reduction repeal during hearing (via web video)

Pawlenty weighs in on emissions reduction repeal during hearing (via web video)

Saint Paul, Minnesota – Two weeks ago State Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL – Inver Grove Heights) invited former Governor Tim Pawlenty to testify against HF 72 (Beard), a bill which calls for a repeal of a greenhouse gas emission reduction law spearheaded by Gov. Pawlenty in 2007. The former Governor did not respond.

In the absence of Governor’s testimony, Atkins played a short video for the House Commerce committee at today’s hearing which included several public comments by Governor Pawlenty’s in support of renewable energy policies which HF 72 would repeal.

“Governor Pawlenty has shown the courage to stand for renewable energy and its job growing potential in Minnesota," said Atkins. “It seems appropriate for us to get his input before we dismantle legislation he signed that made Minnesota a nation leader in the emerging renewable energy economy.”

The short web video can be viewed here:


The committee will likely vote on the bill next week.

Transcript from video shown in committee:

Ahead of the Curve: States Lead on Climate Change
May 30, 2008

Pawlenty: It’s a win, win, win, win, win, proposition if we do it right.

Crist: You know if you lame low, you get low. If you aim high, you might hit it.

Napolitano: We actually grow our economy through making these changes.

Commercial for the Environmental Defense Action Fund
January 23, 2008

Napolitano: I’m Janet Napolitano, Democratic Governor of Arizona.

Pawlenty: And I’m Tim Pawlenty, Republican Governor of Minnesota. We don’t always share the same views…

Napolitano: …but we both agree it’s time for Congress to deal with the real threat of climate change.

Pawlenty: If we act now we can create thousands of new jobs in clean energy industries before our overseas competitors beat us to it.

Napolitano: If we wait even two years to act we will need to cut our emissions twice as fast just to achieve the same results.

Pawlenty: So come on Congress, let’s get moving.

Napolitano: In state after state we’re taking action. Now it’s Congress’ turn.

Pawlenty: Cap greenhouse gas pollution, now!

Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Debate Minnesota
October 10, 2006

Pawlenty: As to global warming, I think global warming definitely exists…And so we have to take steps to control greenhouse emissions and carbon emissions and the like.

Green Jobs Press Conference
November 11, 2008

Pawlenty: We believe, as you will see in just a moment that there’s going to be an entire new economic sector that is going to be opening up across this country. Relating to clean and green jobs…

As I think most of you in the room know Minnesota has been a leader in renewable energy initiatives for many years. In 2007 legislative session the legislature passed on a bi-partisan basis our proposal to create a renewable energy standard and goal in Minnesota that’s put into law…

But Minnesota has been setting the pace for the country in terms of advancements in renewable and clean energy development.

Speech to Great Plains Institute
December 12, 2006

Pawlenty: We’re a nation that’s held hostage to an outdated energy policy. We have an unbelievable and unhealthy amount of our economic future hooked to fossil fuels…

I hope I can come back to this group in a couple of years and report back to you that we have dramatically increased our renewable energy in Minnesota. That we have dramatically reduced our reliance on electricity and energy sources through conservation and efficiency. And that we have a new carbon emissions control program in place.

Ahead of the Curve 2: States Lead on Climate Change
May 30, 2008

Pawlenty: I don’t think many people would disagree with the fact that what we’re doing is unsustainable. Environmentally, economically and from a national security standpoint, but we have a chance to try make a difference and to do good. When we say things like we want to have 25% of our energy from renewable sources by the year 2025 that’s a goal or a strategy, but you also have to make sure that those goals are realized. And that’s what we’re working on as we speak.


Rep. Joe Atkins can be reached by phone at (651) 296-4192 or by email at rep.joe.atkins@house.mn

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