MnCEF Statement of Principles
We believe that inexpensive, abundant energy and the efficient use of that energy is the key to our quality of life. We believe
that a diverse and increasingly renewable energy portfolio is the key to ensuring the supply of inexpensive and abundant
energy. We believe that to the extent possible America should rely on domestically produced energy, in order to reduce reliance
on hostile or unstable regimes, or on insecure lines of communications. We believe that the more prosperous America has become,
the more Americans demand clean as well as affordable energy. We believe that one of the goods Americans want to purchase
with their wealth is a clean and beautiful environment.
We believe that conservatives have for too long conceded the intellectual battlefield over energy use and production
to others, locking ourselves out of the energy debate.
We believe that the current electricity monopolies are outdated and that new sources of renewable electrical production can
provide choice and competition for consumers, and reduce reliance on a grid that is vulnerable to disruptions and attacks.
We believe that the renewable energy industry can, does, and will contribute to Minnesota’s economic growth. We also believe
that it is in our economic interest to pursue the goal of leading the technological revolution in energy production. We are
the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum.
King Banaian is a professor in the Department of Economics at St. Cloud State University; Dean, St Cloud State; Radio host;
former State Representative
Executive Director at the Republican Party of Minnesota, and worked on the re-election campaign of Rep. Tom Emmer
Former Minnesota Republican National Committeeman
Government Affairs Professional, Attorney, and former Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Energy Lobbyist
Environmental Lawyer, Biofuels Digest “Top 100 People in Bioenergy,” serving on the Minnesota Department of Employment and
Economic Development Green Jobs Innovation Task Force, and helping found the Minnesota CleanTech Group.
Energy Regulatory Policy Consultant. Former staff at Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Senior Consultant, 5 Lakes Energy