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LET Renewable energy is a must

Congress will soon vote on a massive energy bill. Minnesotans must insist that it include a strong renewable energy standard requiring utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020.

Developing new renewable energy will improve our tax base in Greater Minnesota, bring good jobs to people who build and maintain these facilities, provide a local source of clean, inexpensive electric energy and reduce the flow of money out of our economy to purchase coal and nuclear fuel.

Right now in Minnesota, landowners can make more than $2,000 in lease income annually simply by having a wind generator on their land. This will provide a much-needed stimulus to the economy of rural Minnesota.

While the politicians are loading up the energy bill with subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels, they should be ensuring energy independence for the United States by investing in domestic renewable energy sources like wind power and growing crops for fuel. Not only are these cleaner sources better for our health and environment, they would greatly benefit our economy, particularly here in the Midwest.

Our state, and southern Minnesota in particular, has a huge potential for wind power. Making a serious commitment nationally with a renewable energy standard must be a part of the energy bill.

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