Friday, September 08, 2006
1. In order to make wise decisions about our state, its priorities, and its policies, Minnesota must adopt a comprehensive �pay as we go� approach to decisions on the environment that accounts for the true, long-term costs and benefits of those decisions on the environment, human health and the economy.
2. To maximize our economic well-being, reward good stewardship and minimize unintended consequences, Minnesota must develop and adopt market-based incentives to encourage positive environmental conduct.
3. In order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and other air pollution, combat Global Climate Change, enhance national security, and expand our economy dynamically into the next century, Minnesota must make immediate and aggressive investments in the development of sustainable technologies for the production of electricity from wind, solar energy, biomass and other potentially clean energy sources.
4. To conserve energy, ease congestion, reduce air pollution, and promote vibrant rural and metropolitan economies, Minnesota must expand its investment in mass transit, promote fuel-efficient and clean-fuel vehicles, and develop a world-class, integrated, multimodal transportation system for the efficient movement of people and goods throughout the state.
5. In order to clean up the existing water pollution that threatens to impair our health and economy, Minnesota must provide sufficient, dedicated funding to permanently assure that our lakes, waterways, and aquifers meet or exceed all state and national standards.
6. To assure that Minnesota�s waters remain fit for drinking, fishing and swimming, Minnesota must insist upon aggressive, enforceable strategies and standards for the prevention of water pollution by all members of our society, including homeowners, businesses, industry, and agriculture.
7. In order to preserve natural areas, enhance property values, and build vibrant, sustainable communities, as we grow, state and local governments must create and follow strategic and comprehensive plans.
8. To create healthy urban communities, revitalize our cities, and maximize the investment our citizens have already made in existing infrastructure, Minnesota must encourage a new generation of planning and redevelopment that emphasizes public-private partnerships that can reclaim, remediate, and rejuvenate our communities to the benefit of all who live and work in them.
9. In order to conserve and preserve the habitats that are crucial for birds, fish, and other wildlife to thrive, Minnesota must provide an adequate funding source dedicated to the acquisition, maintenance and restoration of critical natural areas to keep them free from development and incompatible uses.
10. To assure respect for the law, prevent unnecessary additional regulation, and increase the protection of our natural resources and habitat, Minnesota must rigorously enforce game and fish quotas, as well as all existing state and local laws that protect lakes, wetlands, and otherwise preserve our heritage in this state�s land and waters.
So it's worth noting as one hears this debate Saturday that it is conducted by a group with a very Green view of the world, and I'd be surprised if we hear anything about social or economic issues. That's too bad.