Walz Signs “100 Percent Carbon-Free by 2040” Bill into Law
A bill signed into law by Governor Tim Walz requires 100 percent of the state’s electricity to be carbon-free by the year 2040. Walz says Minnesotans are not going to wait any longer:
“And I have to tell you when I hear people say “you’re moving too fast,” we can’t move to fast when it comes to addressing climate change. We can’t move….applause.”
Kevin Pranis of LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota says this is a jobs bill:
“Our members are ready to extend the life of Minnesota’s nuclear power plants, install thousands of megawatts of wind and solar, and deploy emerging technologies ranging from carbon capture to clean hydrogen to renewable natural gas to utility-scale batteries, maybe even made with Minnesota iron one day.”
Opponents of the carbon-free electricity standard warn of skyrocketing prices and blackouts.