ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has approved legislation that would allow imported coal power from other states while keeping current restrictions on coal power in the state.

The 76-54 vote came Wednesday after a long debate pitting GOP skeptics of global warming against Democrats focused on humans’ role in climate change.

Democratic Rep. Andrew Falk of Murdock passed out a letter from former Vice President Al Gore.

Republican Rep. Michael Beard of Shakopee says he amended his bill to try to win Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s support.

Beard’s proposal originally would have lifted limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal production. Instead it would allow up to 2,500 megawatts of coal-powered electricity to flow into the state.

A version lifting the coal restrictions within Minnesota passed the Senate last month.

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Comments (8)
  1. dan says:

    Nope, dont pass that bill. We wont have any of those nasty emissions in MN. I am willing to wait until the batteries charge on my solar panel

  2. Bob Moffitt says:

    This deeply flawed bill was written to benefit North Dakota at the expense of Minnesotans’ health. I deserves a swift veto.

    1. Bob Moffitt says:

      “It” deserves a swift veto, rather.

    2. jimmy says:

      Zellers Speaker of the House and Dave Thompson ass. Majority leader in the senate both are from North Dakota. Thompson once slipped up and said that he thinks his job is to make his home town better.

  3. Give me liberty says:

    Al Gore “invented” global warming, just like he “invented” the internet. He’s just trying to make himself a billionaire on carbon credits. Follow the money you liberal fools. Stop preventing normal working class people from having cheap energy because you won’t do your research.

    1. Stupid conservatives says:

      Give me liberty
      How stupid are you? Do you believe everything Rush Limbaugh tells you?

  4. Herb says:

    to GIve me Liberty . . . you should look at actual scientific evidence rather than accepting the word of those who simply spout Rush. Climate change deniers ALWAYS have a vested interest in industries that destroy the environment while raking in HUGE dollars making the rest of us sick.

    No matter how you spin it, truthful objective scientific analysis has proven that your viewpoint is merely a bold face lie (like “clean coal”) intended to allow corporate polluters to continue to increase profits while destroying our planet and the human race. I can only hope that you, a member of your family or someone close to you suffers an “invented” debilitating or fatal disease caused by the pollution you are so quick to discount as “invented’. It happens to thousands everyday.

  5. Feedom for all says:

    Global warming by man is a farce, Global temp’s the last decade have declined. The earth has warmed and cooled many times over its history and is related to vulcanism and sun spot activity etc. Global warmiing is just an excuse for lefties like Al Gore to tax us more and to distribute our wealth.

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