Minnesota Legislators Deliver Huge Victory for Climate Action With Passage of 100% Clean Energy Bill

In response to the Minnesota state senate’s passage late last night of a bill that creates 100% clean energy standard by 2040, Evergreen Action State Program Director Justin Balik released the following statement:

“The passage of Minnesota’s 100% clean energy bill is a huge victory for climate action, environmental justice and for clean energy jobs in the North Star State. This bill is amongst the most ambitious clean electricity standards in the nation. And with Governor Walz’s signature, Minnesota will immediately become a national leader on climate policy and a hub for the growing clean energy economy. Following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, state leadership is critical to driving America’s climate policy. Minnesota took a huge step forward today that will be a beacon for other states to follow.”

Yesterday, Evergreen released new polling in collaboration with Data for Progress that showed 57% of Minnesotans supported the state legislature taking action to pass its proposed 100% clean energy bill, and just 40% opposed it. The poll also showed that 55% of voters believe that Minnesota should get more energy from carbon-free, clean sources, with just 16% supporting less clean energy.

Some key findings from Evergreen Action and Data for Progress are below, with poll results available online here

This new polling is a part of a multi-state effort to support and advance state progress on clean energy, following federal passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The new law includes a historic $370 billion in clean energy investments that will slash emissions and make progress toward America’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals. State leadership—and effective, equitable state implementation of the IRA and the bipartisan federal infrastructure law—will be critical to fully reach America’s pollution reduction targets, and to build a thriving and just economy run on clean energy.