Governor Dayton showed his support for the “50 by 30” standard today at a meeting with Climate Generation student activists. He stated, he wants to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren with a “stronger clean energy economy.” With the current Next Generation Energy Act, Minnesota has supported 57,000 jobs which has provided over one billion dollars I economic activity within the state.
The standard has potential for growth in jobs for clean energy. US global demand for energy is expected to increase by 31 percent by 2030. Providing renewable energy to accommodate this need would employ those in the renewable energy field, but also offer a cleaner alternative. strengthening this standard would also prevent air pollution. In 2008, 2,000 died from air pollution in the twin cities, 13 percent off all deaths in the city areas that year.