Environment

Climate Change

Climate change is the greatest threat to our planet and Minnesota is already experiencing its impacts. We are making progress but we must continue to reduce Minnesota’s carbon footprint and seize the opportunity to not only protect our environment and human health but grow our economy. In the City of Saint Paul, Chris not only invested in energy efficiency but also in solar photovoltaics and solar thermal to bring down the city’s energy costs while improving the environment and creating jobs. As Governor, Chris will: bring that same framework statewide to ensure every city and town in Minnesota is prepared for the changing climate; propose stronger climate policies to generate thousands of jobs and billions of additional wages; and implement a carbon dividend policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, moving us closer to eliminating our carbon footprint.

Clean Water

All Minnesotans want clean water, regardless of where they live or how they earn a living. Protecting our ground and surface water must be a collaborative effort in which all stakeholders — farmers, scientists, businesses and others — are at the table determining how we accomplish this shared goal. As Mayor of Saint Paul, Chris co-chaired the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, which includes elected officials from Bemidji to New Orleans, all with the mutual goal of protecting the river and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Chris has a strong track record of working in a bi-partisan manner to protect our vital waterways. When working on major development projects like the Green Line, Ford Site, and the Snelling-Midway redevelopment, Chris worked with partners to develop innovative storm water management systems to protect our lakes and the source of millions of peoples’ drinking water — the Mississippi River. As Governor, Chris will lead with an acute understanding of the lives and ecosystems that depend on Minnesota’s clean water.

Green Energy Investment

Wind

At the end of 2017, wind energy accounted for 18 percent of the electricity generated in Minnesota, ranking us 6th in the nation for wind energy production. Minnesota can and should be number one. Today, the cost of wind power rivals other forms of electricity generation, making it one of the lowest cost alternatives — competitive with natural gas. With Chris in the Governor’s office, Minnesota will work to be the national leader in wind energy production.

Solar

Advances in technology, cheaper equipment and financial incentives, like tax credits, have made solar energy a more accessible option for a growing number of Minnesotans. In 2017, Minnesota’s solar energy capacity rose 80 percent — from large-scale commercial projects to average Minnesotan homeowners — and before long, our solar capability will be strong enough to produce as much electricity as a coal-fired power plant.

Minnesota’s clean energy economy supports more than 57,000 jobs and the importance of solar to that economy is growing by the year. As Governor, Chris will advance solar energy policies that support both our planet and economy and build on the ’50 by 30′ Renewable Energy Standard, proposed by the Dayton Administration, that pushes Minnesota closer to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.