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Bush to Push Renewable Energy?

January 23, 2007

President Bush is expected to address energy security, global warming and renewable fuels in his "State of the Union" speech this evening. Kurt Zwally with the National Wildlife Federation says it could have implications for Minnesota.

"One of the things he's likely to recommend is increasing U.S. production of biofuels. Corn and soybeans are major crops in Minnesota, and they're key components of several biofuels."

While he believes that's a positive step, he adds that the state and the nation need a dedicated program to reduce global warming.

"Without dealing with the lack of requirements to cap and reduce U.S. global warming pollution - including emissions from fossil fuels, cars and power plants - just increasing renewable energy like biofuels is like the policy equivalent of clapping with one hand."

According to Zwally, while global warming is a world-wide problem, there are things Minnesota can do.

"Minnesota does have enormous wind potential and a number of companies are tapping into that on their own. Excel Energy has pledged that 19 percent of the total power they sell will come from renewable sources by 2015. In addition, Minnesota legislators should move on the renewable energy objective to set targets for increasing renewable energy in the state. There's a number of different ways - wind, other types of bioenergy, using farm waste, things like that."

Zwally says a warming climate has major consequences for Minnesota like shorter winters, agricultural and forestry changes and impact on wildlife habitat and tourism.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN