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VIDEO: A Costly Oil Addiction

January 16, 2012 By Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist

Ever year, $10 billion leaves Minnesota to buy oil, producing little economic development at home, according the Sierra Club North Star Chapter's latest report. It recommends raising fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg to save consumer dollars at the pump, reduce pollution, and create jobs in Minnesota. It also calls for a key Minnesota 2020 initiative: more foot power. 


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  • Joesph says:

    January 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    $10 million/year to buy Canada’s dirty tar sands oil?! Republicans take note: Let’s stop exporting jobs and create new ones here at home with more light rail and less oil dependent highway expansion projects.

  • Dan Conner says:

    January 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Right on Joseph.  Also, let Minnesota become a lead state in high technology green energy.  There is plenty of work to do on wind, solar, and geothermal energy.  These are the future of energy in our country, not oil.

    Also, green energy isn’t going to so adversely affect the health and welfare of people living by its mining and transport.  Oil companies have priced oil out of the market.  They have exploited our country while pocketing hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars.  It’s time for them to sit on the sidelines.