Q&A: Minnesota conservatives want to take ‘culture war’ out of energy

A group of prominent Minnesota conservatives have formed the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum (MnCEF) in order to reshape the debate over clean energy policy. The nonprofit plans to focus less on global warming and support for fossil fuels and more on developing a roadmap for moving in a clean energy direction. “We really need to have a conservative policy debate about how to shape the energy future with the new technology available now,” said David Strom, MnCEF’s project director. To that end, the organization captured the support and involvement of former state Senate majority leader and small business owner Amy Koch; GOP Sen. John Pederson; St. Cloud State University economics professor King Banaian; Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference; Ben Gerber, executive director of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Tracking System; and several others.