Local Lawmakers Host Town Hall on Climate Change
Climate change is a hot topic for area residents. Rep. Patty Acomb, DFL-Minnetonka, whose district includes the southern half of Plymouth, hosted a clean energy town hall on Monday night.
Panelists included lawmakers, policy experts and community leaders.
Acomb said it’s important not only to discuss the issues but also to share ideas.
“There’s a lot of things going around in the country that we can learn from,” said Acomb. “There’s renewable gas that’s being looked at in other places. There’s things that we can learn from others. We don’t always have to recreate the wheel.”
Other elected officials believe clean energy could also pave the way for innovation.
“We can unleash the market place, reduce regulations and expand the opportunities for businesses and people to innovate and tackle these issues. We can do things we can’t even imagine now,” said Sen. Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth.
A report by Minnesota Solar Pathways Initiative said by 2050, solar and wind could serve 70 percent of Minnesota’s electrical needs.