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Gov. Walz creates new climate change committee

Minn. Gov. Tim Walz establishes new cabinet and council to focus on climate change issues. Minn. Gov. Tim Walz establishes new cabinet and council to focus on climate change issues. |  Photo: Jay Mantri / StockSnap

Created: December 02, 2019 12:39 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced Monday that he is creating a new Climate Change Subcabinet and Advisory Council on Climate Change.

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Walz says the groups will bring state agencies together to reach state goals of reducing greenhouse gas emmisions set in the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act.

“Climate change threatens the very things that make Minnesota a great place to live—from our wonderful lakes to farmable land and clean air,” Walz said in a news realease. “Building on the bold action our Administration has taken already, this subcabinet will help put our state at the forefront of finding solutions to climate change. Together, we can tackle climate change, create good-paying jobs, and pioneer the clean energy economy.”

The executive order establishing the 15-member advisory council is also expected to work on issues like establishing new emmission standars for vehicles being sold in Minnesota; encouraging electric vehicle usage; and having the state use 100-percent clean energy by 2050.

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