Sid Pranke, Chair
Jennifer Schally
Brian Swancutt

Tenets of the Green Transition Committee

Energy, Environment, Farming, Security, Political Process

Energy

The state of Minnesota should immediately transition to 100% renewable energy and undertake a full-fledged green transition, which should include:

  • Expansion of tax credits and other incentives for wind, solar, biomass and other forms of green energy
  • Support for a transition to renewable energy where everyone has affordable access to the benefits of clean energy
  • Establishing state-funded research to increase the effectiveness of current forms of green energy and fight climate change, as well as funding to explore potential new forms of green energy
  • Support for legislation to aggressively reduce carbon emissions by putting a steadily rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon that returns all revenue to households in monthly dividends
  • Support for living wage green jobs and support for formation of unions for green jobs
  • Requiring housing inspection for safety and energy efficiency when government-backed mortgage loans are involved, with liability for failure to notice defects
  • Providing for retraining, job search assistance and economic support to displaced miners, nuclear plant and other displaced workers throughout the energy transition period
  • Opposition to fracking and frack sand mining because of their damage to the environment and the resulting burden on future generations
  • Encouraging the passage of legislation to keep all fossil fuels in the ground and oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure; oppose all subsidies, tax breaks, and other financial support for the fossil fuel industry
  • Mandating that Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) include financial assurances for spill and abandonment cleanup
  • Respect for sovereign Native territory, i.e. opposition to Line 3 running through Native territory (treaty lands and wild rice water)
  • Promoting good energy and natural resource practices through conservation, preservation, and education on topics surrounding green energy
  • Opposition to privatization of natural resources at every level of government
  • Providing for incentives and direct payments to contractors to make renewable, energy efficient upgrades accessible to people of all income levels
  • Full disclosure of fossil fuel funding in MN state pension funds, and encourage the state to fully divest all pension funds from fossil fuel interests
  • Encouraging the passage of legislation that would expedite the electrification of transportation systems across the state
  • Opposition to nuclear power
  • Opposition to disposal of hazardous wastes underground

Environment

  • Opposition to all copper-sulfide mining, as it would threaten our water supply, habitat for wildlife, tourism, and Native wild rice waters and crops
  • Support for policies that make water quality and drinking water quality a priority by investing in infrastructure to protect and monitor drinking water sources and delivery systems and by addressing aging water infrastructure, nitrate runoff and salt pollution from our roads
  • Support for efforts ending environmental racism ingrained in institutional bias that adversely affect minority communities’ pollution levels and access to green space
  • Support funding and legislation to impose new regulatory mandates and incentive based measures to improve monitoring and assessment, restoration, and protection of Minnesota’s surface waters
  • Recognizing that water should have the same rights that people do under the law
  • Support for the endangered species list kept by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and opposition to any attempts to defund this list, as well as the removal of any plant or animal from this list without cause and supporting evidence
  • Support for increasing funding to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Farming

  • Eliminate factory farming of livestock and promote sustainable and ethical livestock raising practices
  • Support small-scale farming, as opposed to large, corporate-owned farms
  • Increase urban farming funding
  • Break up big agri-businesses such as Bayer-Monsanto, and urge the attorney general of Minnesota to be a leader in suing agribusinesses for unethical practices
  • Support organic and sustainable agri-/horticultural practices
  • Use agricultural surpluses to alleviate hunger in the United States and all other nations
  • Require composting to be a component of all public and commercial waste disposal, and encourage private citizens to follow suit
  • Encourage the swift passage of legislation that protects all pollinators
  • Banning the use of neonicotinoids and similar bee killing pesticides in Minnesota and severely limit any exceptions to find pest-fighting alternatives instead

International Relations

  • Oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement
  • Support prioritizing diplomacy in all national and international affairs in interest of peace and preventing global destruction
  • Support curtailing the bloated U.S. military budget to invest in green infrastructure
  • Support curtailing the global footprint of Pentagon and U.S. military bases, in the interest of reducing greenhouse gases and decrease global warming

Political Process

  • Get big money out of politics
  • Opposition to legislation that would circumvent the courts’ power related to public energy/environmental matters, including legislation that could threaten public safety and health, clean water, air and soil quality
  • Support candidates who espouse ideals contained in this document