SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, applauds the decision of the Walz-Flanagan Administration to establish a Climate Change Subcabinet and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change.
“The move by the Walz-Flanagan Administration to create a Climate Change Subcabinet and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change points to the urgency of the challenge,” said Senator Dibble. “In addition to the great work this administration has pursued with Clean Cars Minnesota and 100% clean energy by 2050, this subcabinet and advisory council will allow for greater collaboration between state agencies, allowing Minnesota to aggressively and cohesively pursue policies that reduce our carbon emissions. We have less time than we ever thought to reverse the consequences of greenhouse gases.”
Senator Dibble serves as the DFL lead for the Transportation Committee, and notes that climate change cannot be tackled without broad action in the transportation sector. “The transportation sector contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than any other in Minnesota,” said Senator Dibble. “The work by the Governor’s Office is strongly linked with the work I pursue on transportation in the Senate. I look forward to our collaboration on the important steps we need to take as soon as we possibly can.”
This announcement comes on the same day as representatives from nearly 200 countries meet in Madrid to address the urgency of the climate crisis, and as the Trump Administration takes steps to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Just this week, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that there is a real danger of climate change soon passing the “point of no return,” emphasizing the urgency of action by cities, states and countries around the world.