The worst energy bill ever passed the Job Creation and Energy Affordability Committee Friday night. (April 10) Only one of the “worst of the worst” provisions described in the last post was changed. The bill would still repeal the quantitative state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But instead the “affordability” goal proposed in the draft bill, the new goal would be the level in an approved Clean Power Plan, which under this bill would not happen in the foreseeable future. The bill would still allow either the Minnesota House or Senate to veto the Clean Power Plan that is now in the process of being developed by the Dayton administration to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The bill will travel to the Taxes and Ways and Means Committees before reaching the floor. It does not appear that the bill will change in any significant way in those committees,