CARBON PRICING (from MN350):
WHEREAS Minnesotans have been national leaders in creating a just transition from
fossil fuels to renewable energy,
WHEREAS fossil fuel producers have the means and the responsibility to contribute to
a just transition,
WHEREAS a portion of the revenue produced from a carbon tax could be shared with
all Minnesota families in the form of an annual payment,
WHEREAS a portion of the revenue produced from a carbon tax could be reinvested in
WHEREAS a portion of the revenue produced from a carbon tax could be invested to
address racial, gender, geographic, and income disparities by creating new, highpaying,
equitable, and accessible green jobs,
BE IT RESOLVED that the _____ Party supports the creation of a carbon pricing system
where big polluters pay for their carbon emissions and the revenue is reinvested in
Minnesota families and in equitable renewable energy solutions.
CARBON FEE and DIVIDEND (from DFL Environmental Caucus):
BE IT RESOLVED THAT The DFL support legislation that puts a steadily rising,
revenue-neutral fee on carbon (called carbon-fee and dividend) that returns all
revenue to households in monthly dividends to reduce our carbon footprint,
stimulate local economies, and improve our health.
1. Wealthy Americans use 3-4 times as much carbon-based energy as poor
Americans. A revenue-neutral carbon fee that returns all the money it raises to
households in equal amounts would benefit poor Americans more than wealthy
2. It is a revenue-neutral fee, not a tax. The increased cost of energy is returned to the
3. By contrast, with Cap-and-Trade, the increased cost of energy that citizens will pay
will only go to the oil companies and those that trade in energy futures; the 1%.
4. There are only 1200-1500 mines, natural gas wells, and oil wells in the U.S.
Implementation on the supply side would require minimal bureaucracy. We already
receive a tax refund check. Implementation of monthly dividend payments would be
5. It provides significant incentive to conservation.
6. It lets the market decide on the choice of technology. Command-and-control efforts
like the DOE efficiency standards can burden industries with regulation compliance.
Subsidies can create perverse incentives (like ethanol from corn where corn
overproduction comes from yet another perverse economic incentive). Regulations
can lead to creative use of loopholes, rather than creative use of incentives.
7. So-called free-markets assign a value of zero to the future cost of CO2, creating the
tragedy of the commons.
JUST TRANSITION (from MN350):
WHEREAS, Minnesota is on a path to clean energy, but still is over dependent on dirty
coal, a major cause of health issues (e.g. asthma) and climate change, as coal still fuels
nearly half of Minnesota’s electricity.
WHEREAS, the feasibility of renewable energy has already been demonstrated with most
Minnesota utilities already achieving Minnesota’s renewable energy standard (25% by 2025)
and solar standard (1.5% by 2020).
WHEREAS, Minnesota’s clean energy industry has created more than 15,000 jobs, many with
family-sustaining wages, and is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy;
WHEREAS, energy efficiency conservation programs save Minnesota families and businesses
millions of dollars each year and provide good jobs that can’t be outsourced;
BE IT RESOLVED that the ______________________ Party supports:
• Securing at least 50% of Minnesota’s electricity from wind and solar by 2030 with a
goal of 100% renewables by no later than 2050.
• Planning a transition away from dirty coal by 2030 by increasing renewable energy
and investment in energy efficiency to save energy and money on our energy bills;
• Ensuring a racially and economically just transition where everyone has access to the
benefits of clean energy through programs and priorities to end energy poverty and allow for
community solar for all.
LINE 3 TAR SANDS PIPELINE (from MN350):
WHEREAS, nearly 2.5 million barrels of crude oil already flow through Minnesota daily
on Enbridge Energy pipelines;
WHEREAS, the demand for petroleum based products is down 19% since 2004 in the
WHEREAS, the route Enbridge Energy is proposing for the new Line 3 “replacement”
pipeline cuts through 1854 and 1855 treaty protected territory and the headwaters of
WHEREAS, the intervention before the Public Utilities Commission by five tribal
nations, additional citizens groups and the Department of Commerce’s expert witness
and staff, all maintain that the new pipeline is not needed and the old line should be
WHEREAS, a spill of crude oil, and particularly tar sands oil, places water, wild rice,
lakeshore property and the tourism industry at risk;
WHEREAS; the tar sands crude oil extraction process has the highest carbon cost of
any other fuel and addressing climate change is increasingly urgent;
BE IT RESOLVED that the ____________________ Party supports:
• The opposition to any new crude oil pipeline in Minnesota, including Enbridge’s
proposed Line 3 “replacement”;
• The right of sovereign nations’ to determine what construction projects take
place in their respective territories.
BEYOND COAL TO CLEAN ENERGY (Sierra Club Northstar Chapter)
Whereas, Minnesota is on a path to clean energy, but still is dependent on dirty fossil
fuels like coal and fracked gas, a major cause of health issues (e.g. asthma) and
Whereas, the feasibility of renewable energy has already been demonstrated with most
Minnesota utilities already achieving Minnesota’s renewable energy standard (25% by
2025) and solar standard (1.5% by 2020).
Whereas, Minnesota’s clean energy industry has created more than 15,000 jobs, many
with family-sustaining wages, and is one of the fastest growing sectors of our
Whereas, energy efficiency conservation programs save Minnesota families and
businesses millions of dollars each year and provide good jobs that can’t be
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Minnesota’s leaders move Minnesota beyond
fossil fuels to clean energy by:
• Securing at least 50% of Minnesota’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030
with a goal of 100% clean renewable energy by no later than 2050.
• Planning and implementing a transition away from dirty coal by 2030 by increasing
clean renewable energy and investment in energy efficiency to save energy and
money on our electric bills;
• Ensuring a racially and economically just transition where all Minnesotans have
access to the benefits clean energy brings, such as family-sustaining careers,
economic opportunity and pollution reduction for communities most harmed by fossil
• Developing and implementing plans to achieve Minnesota’s science-based climate
goals of at least 80% carbon reductions from all sources by 2050.
FUTURE GENERATIONS (DFL Environmental Caucus):
BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The ————— Party opposes any proposal that would
impose pollution and costs for cleanup of pollution on future generations.
• “The nation behaves well if it treats natural resources as assets, which it must turn
over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value” Theodore Roosevelt
• The DFL platform states “We believe in leaving the world in better condition than we
found it.” This addition to the ongoing platform makes that commitment more
concrete. – Future generations should not bear the burden of our decisions. We should
make that clear in our platform, which is our statement of enduring principles.
Other resolutions of the DFL Environmental Caucus, forms to be added
to their website:
The DFL supports up front financial assurance as a condition for new crude oil
pipelines to ensure ultimate removal and remediation of contamination and a superfund
for proper abandonment of existing petroleum pipelines through surcharges on the
products being transported through petroleum pipelines.
The DFL opposes subsidies, tax incentives, or regulatory reductions for sulfide mining
or other mining that have a more severe impact on climate than recycling existing
The DFL supports statewide funding of climate-change and environmental science
education for all ages.
The DFL opposes all subsidies, tax breaks, and other financial support for fossil
fuels, including any business or industry that uses them as its source of energy.