Smart Politics will be blogging live from the Humphrey Institute on Monday, April 2nd, from Noon to 1:30 pm at Senator Amy Klobuchar's speech on global warming and renewable energy. Klobuchar's talk, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, is entitled "The Heat Is On: Time for Action on Global Warming."
Klobuchar has been out front on environmental and energy issues in her early days in Congress—advocating stricter energy-efficiency standards and tax incentives for alternative energy sources. The Senator has also led an effort to increase consumer access to E-85 fuel (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Klobuchar has stressed the importance of global warming—and its connection to energy policy—in recent weeks as well: in a February 13th press release she said, "Global warming and oil dependency are among the greatest challenges we face for our future."
Minnesotans en masse are convinced that global warming is a reality: a mid-March poll conducted by SurveyUSA found 73 percent of Minnesotans believe global warming is real while just 19 percent believe it is made up.
Be sure to check back to Smart Politics early afternoon today to catch our live analysis of Senator Klobuchar's speech.