For Immediate Release
350.org and MN350 on the Appointment of Tina Smith
WASHINGTON - In response to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s decision to appoint Lt. Governor Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate, MN350 Executive Director Kevin Whelan gave the following statement:
“It's good that Minnesota will keep a climate champion in the Senate. As Lt. Governor, Tina Smith has proposed concrete steps to move to an equitable, clean energy economy. The Dayton/Smith administration's Commerce Department has rightly opposed a new Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline. We will count on her to stand up for Minnesota if Trump tries to force dangerous, unneeded pipelines down our throats.”
350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following statement:
“Standing up to fossil fuel projects is a key test of climate leadership. Whether you’re a Lt. Governor, or a U.S. Senator, our rallying cry is the same: ‘keep fossil fuels in the ground.’ We look forward to working with Senator Tina Smith in Washington D.C. to block Trump’s fossil fuel projects and build support for 100% renewable energy.”
In Minnesota, the Dayton/Smith administration's Line 3 pipeline review concluded: “Minnesota would better off without any new pipeline being built,” citing economic factors and the disproportionate impact on indigenous communities. The state also recommended that the existing pipeline be shut down.
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.