Minnesota to Industry: Move to South Dakota

By March 4, 2008Energy

From the AP:

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s push to drastically cut state greenhouse gas emissions is being felt next door in South Dakota — and that may be a problem for its neighbors.

A hoped-for power plant expansion has been approved by South Dakota’s regulators, but plans to run powerlines deep into Minnesota have faced opposition from environmentalists who say it runs counter to Minnesota’s move toward cleaner power.

According to the study of state economic climates published by the American Legislative Exchange Council, “Rich States, Poor States,” Minnesota ranks 35th in economic outlook among the 50 states. South Dakota ranks third. And the calculations used by authors Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore don’t take the costs, availability and reliability of energy into account.

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