We believe that economic development of natural resources can be balanced with environmental stewardship and should not be obstructed by radical environmentalist concerns. We oppose policies and mandates based on the Theory of Man-Made Global Warming, as well as any energy policies arising from it. Therefore, we support:
• Repeal of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act of 2007.
• Research and development of alternative forms of energy by private initiatives.
• The building of clean coal-fired and nuclear power plants.
• Requiring the federal government to meet its obligation to store or recycle nuclear waste.
• A free market for all energy, and oppose government mandates, subsidies or monopolies.
• Repeal of the “Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
• Oil pipelines over rail transport as a matter of public safety.
Those that cause the pollution should bear the cost of environmental clean-up.
We should follow commonsense practices in forest, wetlands and wildlife management, and promote multiple uses of natural resources in most cases. Republicans encourage free enterprise in the agricultural economy, and support technological advances in the creation, processing and use of agricultural products and natural resources. The Republican Party of Minnesota opposes efforts to put all land or water under the control of the government. We support:
• Reducing or restricting government ownership of our land to no more than 40%.
• No net gain of land by the federal government, the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources, or nonprofit land trusts.
• All conservation easements having a sunset.
• Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources and Soil and Water Conservation Districts from purchasing land using bonding.
• We support responsible natural resource extraction and critical new precious metals mining opportunities that will create jobs in our state and we support the Trump administration’s reversal of last minute Obama admin executive orders to block these kinds of projects.