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Resolution Central

 

Below you will find resolutions suggested by many leaders and groups around our state to be considered in the upcoming Caucuses and organizational policy revisions. You may copy and paste them into any party or organization's resolution suggestion form. If you have a resolution relevant to the entire state of MN please send it to info@northernmnnews.com and we will include it here.

 

Sulfide Mining  

WHEREAS, the clear lakes, clean air, and healthy forests and rivers of Minnesota are emblematic of Minnesota and so much a part of what we as Minnesotans love about our state; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining results in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS there is no assurance that Minnesota taxpayers will be protected from long term costs of sulfide-ore mining; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide mining carries the same boom bust problems that current mining has and which has weakened the economy of the northeast of Minnesota;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ finds that sulfide ore mining is significantly different from taconite mining, has unacceptable environmental impacts and should not be allowed in the Sulfur-bearing Rock from the Boundary Waters to and beyond Lake Superior and the Mississippi River Watershed.

Environment

1. Climate Change

WHEREAS, the social cost of carbon should be factored into its use; and,

WHEREAS, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero by mid-century to avoid catastrophic climate change; and,

WHEREAS, the simplest, most transparent, efficient, and enforceable method to reduce emissions is to put a fee on carbon at the point of entry into the economy; and,

WHEREAS, 40 countries and over 20 sub-national jurisdictions have implemented or are scheduled to implement carbon pricing; and,

WHEREAS, pricing carbon will provide producers and investors a positive incentive to embrace low carbon technologies and renewable energy sources; and,

WHEREAS, a revenue-neutral carbon-pricing fee that begins at $10/ton CO22 equivalent has been shown through economic modeling to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 20 years, while growing the economy, benefiting health, and the environment; and,

WHEREAS, the monthly dividend generated will protect the poor and middle class from the increased cost of energy with average households coming out ahead;

THEREFORE: The OUR PARTY supports legislation that puts a steadily rising, revenue – neutral fee on carbon that returns all revenue to households in monthly dividends to grow the economy, save lives, and reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 20 years.

___________

2. Sulfide Mining

WHEREAS, the clear lakes, clean air, and healthy forests and rivers of Minnesota are emblematic of Minnesota and so much a part of what we as Minnesotans love about our state; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining results in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water-rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS there is no assurance that Minnesota taxpayers will be protected from long term costs of sulfide-ore mining; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide mining carries the same boom/bust problems that current mining;

WHEREAS diversification of the economy of the Northeast of Minnesota will strengthen the entire state;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OUR PARTY finds that sulfide ore mining is significantly different from taconite mining, has unacceptable environmental impacts, and should not be allowed in the sulfur-bearing rock from the Boundary Waters to and beyond Lake Superior and the Mississippi River Watershed.

___________

3. Great Lakes Compact Support

WHEREAS, The Great Lakes’ water is one of the most valuable shared resources of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Minnesota is a signatory to the Great Lakes Compact and our Governor is empowered to be our representative to that body; and,

WHEREAS, the water of the Great Lakes requires careful protection to insure safe drinking water for people now and in the future and a healthy habitat for creatures and people that live near them; and,

WHEREAS, water is becoming scarce around the world and within the US and there are those who see the Great Lakes as a source to augment their depleted reserves;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OUR PARTY supports the Great Lakes Compact and opposes new or increased withdrawals or diversions from the Great Lakes and puts the water needs of the ecosystem and living beings before those of corporate profit.

___________

4. Environmental Justice

WHEREAS, all Minnesotans deserve to live and work in clean and healthy environments free from air, water, and land pollution; and,

WHEREAS, lower-income communities and communities of color in Minnesota have been and continue to be exposed to higher levels of air pollution than middle and upper income white communities; and,

WHEREAS, Minnesotans from lower-income communities and communities of color are more vulnerable to adverse health impacts from pollution due to existing health disparities and other threats such as poor quality housing, inadequate mass transit, unemployment, poor work conditions, unaffordable health care, poverty, and other inequities; and,

WHEREAS, lower-income Minnesotans and people of color have been disproportionately underrepresented in environmental and health policy decision-making processes and have not benefitted equally from laws, regulations, and policies to reduce, prevent, and clean up air, water, and land contamination;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OUR PARTY supports (a) programs that build capacity at the local, state, and federal levels to identify those communities disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution, disproportionate siting of hazardous facilities, or discriminatory land use and zoning laws; (b) efforts to ensure nondiscriminatory enforcement of and compliance with all environmental, health and safety laws in order to assure equal protection of the public health; and (c) the right of all people potentially affected to participate meaningfully as equal partners at every level of decision-making about environmental and health policies including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.

___________

5. Equity Regarding Electric Rates of Homeowners and Corporations

WHEREAS, increasing rates for individual consumers of electricity will be a burden on low and middle income families, and on laid-off mine workers; and,

WHEREAS, this will also be a hardship on small- and medium-size businesses which are mainstays of local communities, and on those seeking to use less energy, and on those that seek to diversify the economy of the area; and,

WHEREAS, large industrial energy-intensive users must change to considering their energy costs as part of their operations, not to be subsidized by individuals and those seeking to be more efficient energy users;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OUR PARTY supports the repeal of legislation allowing Minnesota Power to charge small-scale energy users a higher rate for their electricity while reducing rates for large energy-intensive industries.

___________

Protection of Wolves

WHEREAS, Minnesotans (Native-American and non-Native American alike) consider wolves to be an iconic animal of great spiritual and cultural significance, similar to the federally-protected bald eagle; and,

WHEREAS, the wolf was on the first list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; and,

WHEREAS, although the Endangered Species Act is responsible for the wolf’s current existence, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is likely to remove the wolf from the U.S. endangered species list and place the wolf under the jurisdiction of the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; and,

WHEREAS, with the wolf under State of Minnesota jurisdiction, there will be pressure to open a recreational wolf hunting and trapping season, which the large majority of Minnesotans oppose; and,

WHEREAS, human-caused mortality is the most limiting factor for wolf recovery; and,

WHEREAS, recreational hunting and trapping of wolves have unintended consequences that recklessly risk the wolf population, such as: (1) decreasing genetic diversity; (2) increasing livestock predation; (3) increasing wolf mortality for those that survive the hunt; and (4) enabling the continuation of wolf persecution; and,

WHEREAS, after federal delisting, Minnesota already has liberal laws in place to address wolf conflicts–Minnesota Statute 97B.671 allows wolves to be baited and killed – after the fact – for mere suspicion of predation on livestock; Minnesota Statute 97B.645 allows a person to kill a wolf, at any time of the year and without a permit: (1) in defense of human life; or (2) if the wolf poses an immediate threat to livestock, a guard animal, or a domestic animal; and

WHEREAS, wolves have much greater value to our state alive. As an apex predator, wolves are vital for a healthy ecosystem. They attract visitors from all over the world, who value Minnesota’s strong advocacy for wolves, and seek the experience of wolf habitat, such as viewing signs of wolves or experiencing the unforgettable sound of howling wolves;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OUR PARTY supports (1) the repeal of laws that allow recreational hunting and trapping of wolves, (2) legislation to implement non-lethal techniques to prevent livestock-wolf conflicts, and (3) educational efforts to increase public tolerance of wolves.

 

 

Health

Affordable Care / Single Payer

WHEREAS: The Affordable Care Act is a first step toward health care reform but will leave 30 million Americans without health coverage;

WHEREAS: Total health system costs in the U.S. will continue to lead the world under the A.C.A.;

WHEREAS: Avoidable pain, suffering and financial disaster caused by our health care system will therefore continue unless we continue reform.

THEREFORE: The OUR PARTY will continue its work to enact a universal, single payer health plan on the federal level and the single payer Minnesota Health Plan at the state level in accordance with the OUR PARTY Platform.

___________

Compassionate Care

WHEREAS: All persons have the right to live and die in a dignified manner;

WHEREAS: All persons want to make their own competent decisions on how they die;

WHEREAS: Living a life of extreme pain with no hope or medical reason of alleviating that pain is not want anyone would consider a way to live;

WHEREAS: The Minnesota Compassionate Care Act S.F. 1880 is modeled after Oregon 1997 Death with Dignity Act:

Permits terminally ill adults of sound mind to request and receive aid in dying medication for a peaceful death,

Diagnosis and eligibility is determined by two physicians,

Patient must be able to self-administer the medication,

No provider or health facility is required to participate.

THEREFORE: The Minnesota legislature should pass Compassionate Care legislation facilitating self-driven end-of-life decisions.

Social Justice

Reparations and Apology fighting Racism

1. WHEREAS, is thoroughly documented, from the early sixteenth century until well into the twentieth century, American Indians suffered extreme hardship and death from the policies and practices of European settlers and governments of the United States. The recognition of these abuses – and the desire to redress these historic wrongs – has led to a range of proposals for corrective justice. These mechanisms include apology, reparations, criminal prosecution, and truth and reconciliation commissions.

Reparations : Apology and reparations can go hand in hand. While there have been piecemeal justice-seeking approaches to redress the centuries of harm done to American Indians by the US government and European settlers, a host of corrective justice tools remain unused. The federal government can and should employ these on a larger scale. Significant and properly allocated reparations will serve as part of this scheme. There should also be an official federal government apology to American Indians for the harms suffered, and the US government should explore other forms of reparative justice, as appropriate.

The creation of a national truth and reconciliation commission may be a promising measure, with reparations and apologies as part of the ultimate outcome. Arguably, “only a committed and holistic program of legal reformation as the capstone in a broader structure of remedies, including the restoration of Indian lands and the reconciliation between Indian and non-Indian peoples, can satisfy the preconditions for justice for the original peoples of the U.S.”53

THEREFORE: The OUR PARTY will support efforts towards apology and reparations to the Indigenous people of Minnesota and across the United States.

 

2. WHEREAS, the American Economy was built on slave labor

WHEREAS, the survivors of slavery and Jim Crow have unfair disadvantages in our nation;

WHEREAS, it is the desire of all people that we have a fair and level playing field for all citizens

WHEREAS, the contents of this article lay out the case compellingly for reparations;

THEREFORE: The OUR PARTY supports reparations to survivors of slavery and Jim Crow and their progeny.

___________

Self Driving Cars

WHEREAS, Minnesotans with disabilities represent 20% of the state’s population; and,

WHEREAS, the population of Minnesotans over the age of 64 will double to 1.2 million or 24% of the state’s population by 2030; and

WHEREAS, the inability to drive has profound negative impacts on the physical and social functioning and welfare of older adults and adults with disabilities, including their ability to work, seek healthcare, and engage in other daily activities; and,

WHEREAS, transportation is a key factor in the ability of older adults and adults with disabilities to live independently and, without, these individuals are often forced to move into expensive institutional housing; and,

WHEREAS, fixed-route transit can be sparse or non-existent in places with lower population densities and, even where available, may be physically difficult to reach by those with limited mobility; and,

WHEREAS, paratransit services tend to be at overcapacity and, as such, can require scheduling days if not weeks in advance resulting in a loss of spontaneity and autonomy; and,

WHEREAS, the ability of older adults and adults with disabilities to travel with freedom would have significant economic benefits for Minnesota by increasing work and volunteer hours and consumer spending while reducing overall health care expenses; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles are currently being developed and piloted in a number of states; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles have the potential to make driving a reality for millions of older Minnesotans and Minnesotans with disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles will profoundly reduce the number of automobile-related injuries, deaths, and property losses; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles present a huge economic opportunity for the state of Minnesota;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the OUR PARTY supports legislation and policies to promote the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles in Minnesota in a manner that prioritizes equity and access for older adults and adults with disabilities.

___________

Transportation for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

WHEREAS: Specialized transportation encompasses options usually associated with serving those who have difficulty using fixed-route service because of disability, age-related conditions, or income restraints;

WHEREAS: Between 8,000-10,000 boomers turn 65 every day, and the population of ages 65 and older is expected to grow to almost 50% by 2025 and double by 2050 and an estimated 21% of these individuals will not drive;

WHEREAS: Gap analysis of essential services shows that transportation is the biggest question;

WHEREAS: Budget costs and shifts in population have forced the merging of essential services in Greater Minnesota such that extensive travel is required for access.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The OUR PARTY support and the legislature pass Minnesota omnibus legislation for transportation that includes funding for coordination of specialized transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities under a comprehensive, state-wide strategy that will remove barriers to providing this specialized transportation.

 

___________

Environmental Justice 

WHEREAS, all Minnesotans deserve to live and work in clean and healthy environments free from air, water, and land pollution; and,

WHEREAS, lower-income communities and communities of color in Minnesota have been and continue to be exposed to higher levels of air pollution than middle and upper income white communities; and,

WHEREAS, Minnesotans from lower-income communities and communities of color are more vulnerable to adverse health impacts from pollution due to existing health disparities and other threats such as poor quality housing, inadequate mass transit, unemployment, poor work conditions, unaffordable health care, poverty, and other inequities; and,

WHEREAS, lower-income Minnesotans and people of color have been disproportionately underrepresented in environmental and health policy decision-making processes and have not benefitted equally from laws, regulations, and policies to reduce, prevent, and clean up air, water, and land contamination;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ supports (a) programs that build capacity at the local, state, and federal levels to identify those communities disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution, disproportionate siting of hazardous facilities, or discriminatory land use and zoning laws; (b) efforts to ensure nondiscriminatory enforcement of and compliance with all environmental, health and safety laws in order to assure equal protection of the public health; and (c) the right of all people potentially affected to participate meaningfully as equal partners at every level of decision-making about environmental and health policies including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.

 

 ___________

Sulfide Mining

WHEREAS, the clear lakes, clean air, and healthy forests and rivers of Minnesota are emblematic of Minnesota and so much a part of what we as Minnesotans love about our state; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining results in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water-rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS there is no assurance that Minnesota taxpayers will be protected from long term costs of sulfide-ore mining; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide mining carries the same boom/bust problems that current mining;

WHEREAS diversification of the economy of the Northeast of Minnesota will strengthen the entire state;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ finds that sulfide ore mining is significantly different from taconite mining, has unacceptable environmental impacts, and should not be allowed in the sulfur-bearing rock from the Boundary Waters to and beyond Lake Superior and the Mississippi River Watershed.

___________

Biodiversity - Wolves

WHEREAS, Minnesotans (Native-American and non-Native American alike) consider wolves to be an iconic animal of great spiritual and cultural significance, similar to the federally-protected bald eagle; and,

WHEREAS, the wolf was on the first list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; and,

WHEREAS, although the Endangered Species Act is responsible for the wolf’s current existence, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is likely to remove the wolf from the U.S. endangered species list and place the wolf under the jurisdiction of the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; and,

WHEREAS, with the wolf under State of Minnesota jurisdiction, there will be pressure to open a recreational wolf hunting and trapping season, which the large majority of Minnesotans oppose; and,

WHEREAS, human-caused mortality is the most limiting factor for wolf recovery; and,

WHEREAS, recreational hunting and trapping of wolves have unintended consequences that recklessly risk the wolf population, such as: (1) decreasing genetic diversity; (2) increasing livestock predation; (3) increasing wolf mortality for those that survive the hunt; and (4) enabling the continuation of wolf persecution; and,

WHEREAS, after federal delisting, Minnesota already has liberal laws in place to address wolf conflicts–Minnesota Statute 97B.671 allows wolves to be baited and killed – after the fact – for mere suspicion of predation on livestock; Minnesota Statute 97B.645 allows a person to kill a wolf, at any time of the year and without a permit: (1) in defense of human life; or (2) if the wolf poses an immediate threat to livestock, a guard animal, or a domestic animal; and

WHEREAS, wolves have much greater value to our state alive. As an apex predator, wolves are vital for a healthy ecosystem. They attract visitors from all over the world, who value Minnesota’s strong advocacy for wolves, and seek the experience of wolf habitat, such as viewing signs of wolves or experiencing the unforgettable sound of howling wolves;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ___ supports (1) the repeal of laws that allow recreational hunting and trapping of wolves, (2) legislation to implement non-lethal techniques to prevent livestock-wolf conflicts, and (3) educational efforts to increase public tolerance of wolves.

___________

 Great Lakes Compact

WHEREAS, The Great Lakes’ water is one of the most valuable shared resources of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Minnesota is a signatory to the Great Lakes Compact and our Governor is empowered to be our representative to that body; and,

WHEREAS, the water of the Great Lakes requires careful protection to insure safe drinking water for people now and in the future and a healthy habitat for creatures and people that live near them; and,

WHEREAS, water is becoming scarce around the world and within the US and there are those who see the Great Lakes as a source to augment their depleted reserves;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ___ supports the Great Lakes Compact and opposes new or increased withdrawals or diversions from the Great Lakes and puts the water needs of the ecosystem and living beings before those of corporate profit.

_________

WHEREAS, increasing rates for individual consumers of electricity will be a burden on low and middle income families, and on laid-off mine workers; and,

WHEREAS, this will also be a hardship on small- and medium-size businesses which are mainstays of local communities, and on those seeking to use less energy, and on those that seek to diversify the economy of the area; and,

WHEREAS, large industrial energy-intensive users must change to considering their energy costs as part of their operations, not to be subsidized by individuals and those seeking to be more efficient energy users;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ supports the repeal of legislation allowing Minnesota Power to charge small-scale energy users a higher rate for their electricity while reducing rates for large energy-intensive industries

__________

WHEREAS, Minnesotans with disabilities represent 20% of the state’s population; and,

WHEREAS, the population of Minnesotans over the age of 64 will double to 1.2 million or 24% of the state’s population by 2030; and

WHEREAS, the inability to drive has profound negative impacts on the physical and social functioning and welfare of older adults and adults with disabilities, including their ability to work, seek healthcare, and engage in other daily activities; and,

WHEREAS, transportation is a key factor in the ability of older adults and adults with disabilities to live independently and, without, these individuals are often forced to move into expensive institutional housing; and,

WHEREAS, fixed-route transit can be sparse or non-existent in places with lower population densities and, even where available, may be physically difficult to reach by those with limited mobility; and,

WHEREAS, paratransit services tend to be at overcapacity and, as such, can require scheduling days if not weeks in advance resulting in a loss of spontaneity and autonomy; and,

WHEREAS, the ability of older adults and adults with disabilities to travel with freedom would have significant economic benefits for Minnesota by increasing work and volunteer hours and consumer spending while reducing overall health care expenses; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles are currently being developed and piloted in a number of states; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles have the potential to make driving a reality for millions of older Minnesotans and Minnesotans with disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles will profoundly reduce the number of automobile-related injuries, deaths, and property losses; and,

WHEREAS, self-driving vehicles present a huge economic opportunity for the state of Minnesota;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ supports legislation and policies to promote the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles in Minnesota in a manner that prioritizes equity and access for older adults and adults with disabilities.

 ________________________

WHEREAS, the social cost of carbon should be factored into its use; and,

WHEREAS, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero by mid-century to avoid catastrophic climate change; and,

WHEREAS, the simplest, most transparent, efficient, and enforceable method to reduce emissions is to put a fee on carbon at the point of entry into the economy; and,

WHEREAS, 40 countries and over 20 sub-national jurisdictions have implemented or are scheduled to implement carbon pricing; and,

WHEREAS, pricing carbon will provide producers and investors a positive incentive to embrace low carbon technologies and renewable energy sources; and,

WHEREAS, a revenue-neutral carbon-pricing fee that begins at $10/ton CO22 equivalent has been shown through economic modeling to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 20 years, while growing the economy, benefiting health, and the environment; and,

WHEREAS, the monthly dividend generated will protect the poor and middle class from the increased cost of energy with average households coming out ahead;

THEREFORE: The ______ supports legislation that puts a steadily rising, revenue – neutral fee on carbon that returns all revenue to households in monthly dividends to grow the economy, save lives, and reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 20 years.

 _________________

WHEREAS: Specialized transportation encompasses options usually associated with serving those who have difficulty using fixed-route service because of disability, age-related conditions, or income restraints;

WHEREAS: Between 8,000-10,000 boomers turn 65 every day, and the population of ages 65 and older is expected to grow to almost 50% by 2025 and double by 2050 and an estimated 21% of these individuals will not drive;

WHEREAS: Gap analysis of essential services shows that transportation is the biggest question;

WHEREAS: Budget costs and shifts in population have forced the merging of essential services in Greater Minnesota such that extensive travel is required for access.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The ____ support and the legislature pass Minnesota omnibus legislation for transportation that includes funding for coordination of specialized transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities under a comprehensive, state-wide strategy that will remove barriers to providing this specialized transportation.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mepartnership.org/caucus-for-the-environment-in-2016-heres-how/

Quoted from MEP

Caucus for the Environment in 2016 – Here’s How

Posted February 23rd, 2016 by 

http://www.mepartnership.org/caucus-for-the-environment-in-2016-heres-how/

Minnesota’s ______ and Republican parties have set March 1 as the date for their 2016 precinct caucuses. March 1 is “Super Tuesday,” the day when several other states hold their primary elections and caucuses. Precinct caucuses allow voters to cast their ballot for the candidates they want to see on the ballot in November. It’s time to bring issues that you care about to the table as a resolution and obtain support from others. As you prepare for your caucus, here are a few resources to help you out.

How to caucus, where to caucus.

If you’ve never caucused before, it can be an unclear and intimidating venture. But it doesn’t have to be. It is simply an event to gather with your neighbors and discuss the issues that matter most to you. Whether you’ve caucused before or this is your first time, here are a few resources and what you need to know to help you get the most out of your caucus experience:

  • Need to know where your caucus is? Simply go to the Minnesota Secretary of State Caucus Finderand type in your address and voila, there is the specific location for your March 1, 2016 caucus. Hint – it should be close to home!
  • Show up!  Honestly, this is the most important thing.  Visit with your neighbors before and after you sign in at 6:30 p.m.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – you’ll likely find many other new faces, and friendly volunteers who are more than happy to show you the ropes.
  • The business of the caucus should convene promptly at 7 p.m. This includes electing a precinct chair, delegates, and polling for candidates. This is also the time and place to submit resolution to influence your party’s official platform – the most powerful part of caucuses (see below).

Other resources:

Minnesota’s 2016 election: How to caucus: This article from the Duluth News Tribune offers an easy FAQ about how precinct caucuses work and what you can expect at your precinct caucus. It covers things like voter registration (you can register at the door); eligibility (as long as you are eligible on election day you can caucus), and how the Minnesota caucuses differ from the highly publicized Iowa caucuses (they do). It’s a must-read for any first-time caucus goer.

Caucus: Power Up Your Vote: This 32 minute video from the League of Women Voters Minnesota gives you an in depth look at year’s caucuses, and the democratic process in Minnesota.

If you plan to caucus with one of the 5 minor political parties in Minnesota (Grassroots Legalize Canabis, Green PartyIndependence PartyLegal Marijuana Party Now, or Libertarian Party), please be aware that they may have limited locations. We’ve provided the available links to these parties for additional information. 

Caucus resolutions

A number of environmental issues are at stake in this election. You can present one or more resolution and advocate for adding it to your party’s official platform of issues this year, an important step to candidates at all levels protecting our natural resources. Resolutions are often pre-prepared and often start with “Whereas…” This is a way to introduce a reason, or a series of reasons, supporting the action item. The ______ asks that you utilize their Resolution form. and the Republican Party’s resolution form is here. Simply complete the form and present it to your precinct caucus chair (or some other volunteer) the particular rules and procedures for adopting them will be made clear by your caucus chairperson, but you can start filling out the form at any time.

Here are some suggested resolutions by a few of the MEP members:

http://www.mepartnership.org/caucus-for-the-environment-in-2016-heres-how/

http://www.mepartnership.org/caucus-for-the-environment-in-2016-heres-how/

 

 


Beyond Coal to Clean Energy


Great Lakes

Sulfide Mining

WHEREAS, the clear lakes, clean air, and healthy forests and rivers of Minnesota are emblematic of Minnesota and so much a part of what we as Minnesotans love about our state; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining results in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water-rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS there is no assurance that Minnesota taxpayers will be protected from long term costs of sulfide-ore mining; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide mining carries the same boom/bust problems of current mining and diversification of the economy of NE Minnesota into other industries will lead to greater stability.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the x organization finds that sulfide ore mining is significantly different from taconite mining, has unacceptable environmental impacts, and should not be allowed in the sulfur-bearing rock from the Voyageurs National Park and Boundary Waters to and beyond Lake Superior and the St. Louis and Mississippi River Watersheds.



Transportation
___________________

(a) Climate Change

WHEREAS, the social cost of carbon should be factored into its use; and,

WHEREAS, we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero by mid-century to avoid catastrophic climate change; and,

WHEREAS, the simplest, most transparent, efficient, and enforceable method to reduce emissions is to put a fee on carbon at the point of entry into the economy; and,

WHEREAS, 40 countries and over 20 sub-national jurisdictions have implemented or are scheduled to implement carbon pricing; and,

WHEREAS, pricing carbon will provide producers and investors a positive incentive to embrace low carbon technologies and renewable energy sources; and,

WHEREAS, a revenue-neutral carbon-pricing fee that begins at $10/ton CO22 equivalent has been shown through economic modeling to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 20 years, while growing the economy, benefiting health, and the environment; and,

WHEREAS, the monthly dividend generated will protect the poor and middle class from the increased cost of energy with average households coming out ahead;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ supports legislation that puts a steadily rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon that returns all revenue to households in monthly dividends to grow the economy, save lives, and reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 20 years.



(b) Clean Water

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) 2014 Impaired Waters List contained 4115 entries, 1272 of which were listed as impaired due to excessive mercury; and,

WHEREAS, the number of impaired bodies of water has increased every year with few bodies being listed as restored; and,

WHEREAS, most of these water bodies are impaired by nonpoint sources of pollution for which cost-sharing and education have been the primary remedies; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota’s current approach to water quality management is largely voluntary in nature; and,

WHEREAS, recent MPCA estimates conclude that, after 25 years of Legacy funding, the proportion of impaired waters will only drop from 40 percent to 38 percent;

WHEREAS, impaired waters in Minnesota should be the exception and not the rule;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ supports funding and legislation to impose new regulatory mandates and incentive-based measures to improve monitoring and assessment, restoration, and protection of Minnesota’s surface waters.



(c) Sulfide Mining  

WHEREAS, the clear lakes, clean air, and healthy forests and rivers of Minnesota are emblematic of Minnesota and so much a part of what we as Minnesotans love about our state; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining results in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS there is no assurance that Minnesota taxpayers will be protected from long term costs of sulfide-ore mining; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide mining carries the same boom bust problems that current mining has and which has weakened the economy of the northeast of Minnesota;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ finds that sulfide ore mining is significantly different from taconite mining, has unacceptable environmental impacts and should not be allowed in the Sulfur-bearing Rock from the Boundary Waters to and beyond Lake Superior and the Mississippi River Watershed.

 



(d) Restore the MPCA Board  

WHEREAS, in 2015 the Minnesota Legislature abolished the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Citizens’ Board on the final day of the legislative session through language which was inserted into a conference committee report and which was never properly introduced for debate or public testimony as a bill before any legislative committee; and,

WHEREAS, for 48 years, the MPCA Citizens’ Board provided an open and transparent process for MPCA decisions that protected citizens’ interests against undue corporate influence; and,

WHEREAS, the abolishment of the Citizens’ Board was driven by corporate agricultural interests in response to a single incident in which the Board, based on the concerns of community members, ordered an environmental impact statement prior to allowing the construction of a 9,000 head dairy farm; and,

WHEREAS, in 2011 the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) conducted a comprehensive study of how to improve the environmental review process and concluded that the Citizens’ Board should maintain its full authority;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ supports legislation to restore the full authority of the MPCA Citizens’ Board.

 

(e) Clean Power Plan  

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will by 2030:

● Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels
● Reduce deaths from power plant emissions by 90 percent from 2005 levels and produce health benefits worth $55 billion to $93 billion per year
● Create tens of thousands of sustainable jobs
● Increase renewable energy generation by 30 percent while also lowering the costs of renewable energy
● Save American consumers a total of $155 billion in energy costs from 2020 to 2030; and, WHEREAS, Minnesota is on track to meet carbon reduction targets proposed by the Clean Power Plan;

and,

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s continued national leadership in clean energy production will benefit its economy, environment, and the health of its citizens; and,

WHEREAS, state implementation of the Clean Power Plan is the subject of coordinated efforts to create political gridlock and legislative hurdles;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the ______ opposes legislative attempts to stall, slow, or block state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

 

 

 

 

 

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