Saturday, December 29, 2018

Again, and again, MN leaves WI in the dust

Compare these two stories on back-to-back from neighboring Upper Midwestern states:

Minnesota set to see second consecutive year of strong solar energy growth
Minnesota is set for a second consecutive year of strong growth for solar energy, anchored by a 23 percent increase in the size of the state’s community solar garden program. 
Developers in the state also are on track to add at least four larger “utility scale” solar arrays in coming years. Each would be bigger than the state’s largest existing solar development near North Branch, which provides power to Xcel Energy. 
Lack of clarity on state law could hinder solar projects, and limit competition
For several months now, solar panels and other equipment have been sitting in a warehouse owned by the City of Milwaukee. 
The idea was to add solar power to seven city buildings, saving money while moving a step closer toward meeting the city's long-term environmental goals. 
The project, set to begin last fall, was put on hold after We Energies refused to connect it to the utility's system, contending that the project is illegal under state law.
And, yes, we've seen these contrasts before, whether related to climate change. or economic growth, or health care costs, outcomes and accessibility.

Walker's hostility to alternative energy and other benefits to the environment are catalogued  by the dozens, here, and in a recently-concludes blog series, here - - despite his propagandizing 'our legacy.'

Final thought, per this Thursday story in CityPages, the authoritative Minneapolis alternative weekly:
Scott Walker’s parting gift: A corporate welfare deal costing each Wisconsin taxpayer $1,800
Dear resident of Hudson, River Falls, and beyond: Move to Minnesota. Now. If you fail to heed this warning, you will be paying for Gov. Scott Walker’s ineptitude for years to come.
As this Wisconsinite did - - with the argument and data to boot - -  and is not looking back:
Hey, Wisconsin, Move to Minnesota 
I am a Milwaukee native and a graduate of J.I. Case High School in Racine, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a graduate of the great urban planning graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee... I love beer, brats and the Green Bay Packers. I am so Wisconsin.
I love Wisconsin, but, like many ex-Wisconsinites who have landed and settled in Minnesota, I know there is no way I am going to move back to my home state.

Good riddance, Walker.

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