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Energy Bill Could Jump-Start Minnesota Economy

October 31, 2007

Minneapolis, MN – Congress hopes to pass major energy legislation before Thanksgiving, and the result will have a big impact on Minnesota. Christopher Cox with the National Environmental Trust says it will require an increase in fuel efficiency to 35 miles a gallon by 2020, and that would hit home.

"Right here in Minnesota, we've got studies that upwards of $474 million per year would be saved by consumers at the pump."

He says the technology to reach the standard already exists, we just need a jump-start in motivation. The provision is in the Senate bill, and both Minnesota Senators support it, but it isn't in the House version of the bill. Cox says the energy bill also would jump-start Minnesota's economy.

"A minimum of 3,200 jobs would be created as a result of this legislation. When you move in the direction of green technology, you're also opening the door to many other industries that we could be getting involved in. Minnesota is in a perfect position to take advantage of that, and create a lot of great, middle-class-supporting jobs."

Cox says higher fuel standards has other advantages, making the nation less dependent on foreign oil imports and reducing fossil fuel use, both of which have national security and environmental benefits. The bill isn't a "done deal," but Congressional leaders say they're trying to find common ground.

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN