Thank You Governor Dayton

Tonight Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton gave his 2013 State of the State speech.  We are thrilled to see that he has taken a strong stand for a clean energy economy.  Thanks to all those who called and wrote to the governor to encourage him to do so!

No one can endure the severe droughts or floods of recent years or our milder snow-scarce winters without being greatly alarmed. If you’re not, talk with my good friend and world-premier polar explorer, Will Steger, who is here tonight, about the drastic climate changes he has witnessed.

Even more alarming is that our state and our nation are still not doing enough to reverse this path toward global catastrophe, before it is too late.

In Minnesota, we have made real progress in areas like energy conservation, more efficient farming and manufacturing practices, and the development and use of clean, renewable energy, especially wind energy, instead of polluting fossil fuels.

The question is: are we progressing fast enough? Are we doing all we can to utilize other renewables, such as solar, and also to make Minnesota the best place to locate these new industries and their jobs?

Many of you, who served in previous legislatures, deserve great credit for your pioneering work to expand our use of clean energy, including Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon and former Senator Ellen Anderson, who is also here tonight.

I challenge this legislature to work again with our state’s visionary clean energy advocates, large energy providers, large energy users, other stakeholders, and my administration to use your past achievements as springboards for Minnesota’s next big leap toward a sustainable energy future.

You can read the full transcript of the State of the State here.

Take some time to thank Governor Dayton for making Climate Change a priority! Follow this link to Governor Dayton’s website and choose how you wish to contact him.

Here’s an example of what you could say:

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Thank you for making climate change a priority for Minnesota! Mitigating climate change and reducing our carbon footprint is essential to providing for the future generations of this state. Without our clean air and water, without our land for growing food, we can not survive. Thank you for understanding the utmost urgency of this issue, and for understanding that reducing our carbon footprint provides us with a great opportunity to create jobs and build a sustainable economy. Our children and grandchildren thank you!