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Legislative Update from Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen

Monday, April 26, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Last week, the House debated and voted on eight omnibus finance bills. I have shared updates on a few of these bills over the course of the week. Today, I want to briefly share some thoughts on the Commerce, Climate and Energy Finance bill—specifically the energy portions of the bill.

The energy bill was filled with liberal policies, many from the Green New Deal, that will make energy more expensive and less reliable for future generations of Minnesotans.

Click here to watch my comments during floor debate on the bill.

This harmful legislation would impose costly mandates and prescriptive bureaucracy while limiting our energy options. Any bill that lacks this much common sense, is a bill I will never support. I truly do not understand why DFLers are trying to emulate policies from California—a state’s example that we should not follow.

The truth is that Minnesota’s climate requires our energy grid to have robust base load capabilities. Minnesotans consume huge amounts of energy, especially in the winter when it is required to keep our homes and businesses warm.

These sorts of policies will put our energy reliability at risk, and for a climate like ours, this is something that we cannot mess around with.

Minnesotans deserve affordable, reliable energy achieved by an all-of-the-above approach that once helped our state enjoy some of the nation’s cheapest energy rates. Radical liberal policies have made our state’s energy rates among the country’s most expensive. The bill that Democrats passed this week goes even further in the wrong direction.

Thankfully, the Senate Republican majority will most likely be able to prevent many of these provisions from becoming law. 

Staying in Touch

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns as it relates to state government. I can be reached at 651-296-4229 or via email at rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn.

Have a great day,

Glenn

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