Shock to state will be relieved given planning

The state of Minnesota had already taken steps to reduce the output of carbon dioxide in power production, before President Barack Obama issued an edict this week that requires the state to produce 41 percent less carbon. Obama’s order is part of a nationwide plan to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. His goal is to reduce the nation’s impact on global warming, or climate change.

This is all rather complicated, given the controversy associated with this topic. At the very least, it is good that Minnesota acted previously so that Obama’s order comes as less of a shock. In 2007, Minnesota lawmakers passed a 25 percent renewable energy standard by 2025. That puts the state well on its way to meeting the new challenge.

At the same time, it remains true that almost 44 percent of the state’s energy comes from coal-fired power plants, which are basically targeted for extinction by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. Taking coal plants off line, or retrofitting them for acceptable use, will increase the cost of power, which will have a negative effect on the economy. Especially if the United States and Minnesota are interested in seeing a manufacturing renaissance.

Perhaps most galling is the insistence that global warming is taking place, that mankind has caused it or can do anything about it now. Unnecessary costs imposed on people by governments lower those people’s standard of living. This is especially toughest on the poorest of citizens. We’re not sure how “compassionate” Democrats like Obama reconcile their environmental crusades with their supposed humanitarian inclinations.