POLICY

MNIPL's policy action works to bring a moral voice to the public debate about climate change-related policy at the federal, state and local levels. We will contribute to the climate movement by augmenting the moral voice on the climate crisis.

We leverage the existing energy of congregations around Minnesota to bring our voice to the political arena. MNIPL develops tools and approaches to systemic organizing for a just and sustainable future and provides those tools and resources to congregations around Minnesota.

Interested in joining our Just Environmental Policy Team? Email us at [email protected]

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Climate Justice Questions for Candidates

Climate Justice Questions for Candidates
Adapted from the work of volunteers in CD8
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During election season, we hope to see the best of American Democracy by empowering voters to vote with their values. This tool was developed to help assess the level of commitment a given candidate might have to action on climate change, jobs, and equity. We encourage Climate Voters to consider the questions that are important to them as they browse the websites of candidates. Climate Voters may also directly ask candidates these questions, or consider mailing or emailing them in for a response.

1) Do you agree that global climate change already presents real challenges in Minnesota? How will you support current climate action commitments by cities and by the State of Minnesota?

2) The energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables is moving forward in Minnesota. What legislation would you introduce and/or support to keep this transition moving toward 100% renewables? (80% emission reduction by 2050 is the goal on the books currently)

3) Discuss how you see environmental justice principles being applied to the transition to a renewable energy economy and other environmental decisions.

4) What actions will you take to honor treaties made with Native American tribes and protect the sovereignty of native people affected by developments such as the Enbridge Corporation's proposed Line 3 project?

5) A recent report from the Solar Foundation found that while Minnesota has become a national leader in solar energy, both in terms of number of installations and in terms of job creation. However, we are still leading the nation in job disparities between people of color and white Minnesotans. How can the solar industry help to close the employment gap?

6) Studies show gradual carbon pricing in Minnesota would grow the economy by 1.3 trillion dollars, add 2.8 million jobs, and save thousands of lives by reducing pollution, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over 20 years. Would you support such a policy?

7) What is your position on the government’s role to protect the “public commons”? By “commons” we mean natural resources such as air, water and public lands that are held as a trust by state and federal governments and are protected and made accessible to all members of society. Do you support public policy that upholds this approach regarding our land, waters and wildlife?

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Ongoing Campaigns

It's Up to Us: Beyond Paris

The US may have pulled out of the Paris Accords, but we can still get the job done.  It's up to individuals, communities, cities, and states to take action.  Click here to sign our Beyond Paris pledge. And then check back on our campaigns to encourage local law makers in MN to adopt a 50% by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard.

Stop the Expansion of Tar Sands Pipelines in Minnesota

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light is joining forces with the Sierra Club, MN350, and others to stop the expansion of Tar Sands Pipelines through Minnesota. Enbridge Line 3 is on par with the tar sands carrying capacity of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Help bring a public voice to process and help us block the approval in MN.  Learn more about our work on Tar Sands here. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

We've had some great wins at the PUC in the last year.

Keep the Community in Community Solar

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering changes to the rate structure for new community solar garden projects. This will affect how much Xcel credits subscribers for the energy produced by these gardens - so the outcome is really important to financing future community solar gardens in Minnesota!

A Residential Adder for community solar is a critical policy that would help keep solar energy feasible for all Minnesota households. Without this policy, it will be much harder to develop additional projects like the solar gardens on Shiloh Temple and six other southern Minnesota locations - projects that expand renewable energy and bring real benefits to many people. Instead, the benefits of new community solar gardens would be mostly limited to large institutional subscribers, rather than the individuals and families this program was originally intended for.

Community solar isn’t community solar if communities can no longer participate. This petition will be submitted to the PUC, asking them to approve this Residential Adder as they consider changes to Minnesota community solar garden program. This will make sure that community solar remains accessible to all. Submit your comment here and share with others in your community!

Stop back for an update on pricing the carbon, community solar rates, and decisions on the expansion of the Enbridge Line 3.

Inclusive Financing

To become carbon neutral, it's going to take everyone.  In this exciting campaign, we are encouraging local utilities to support a program in which energy efficiency and solar projects can be financed through their utility bill.  This nontariff based system has worked in rural conservative counties in Arkansas.  It's non partisan and makes sense for everyone.  To learn more contact [email protected]