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Obama’s Delay Means More Sick People

Photo Credit: Nagyman Last Friday, President Obama chose to delay critical air quality standards for smog pollution. This decision comes as a blow to the environment and public health. In a statement from the White House, Obama sited concern for our recovering economy as reason to delay this public health protection stardard. Obama said, “Ultimately, […]

Cleaning the air with our 18 foot inhaler

Community Leaders and volunteers gather around a giant inhaler at Stewart Field to raise awareness the dangerous health problems of air pollution. Photo by Christy Newell, Will Steger Foundation Intern On Tuesday, Minneapolis residents protested dangerous air pollution from cars and coal-fired power plants with an 18-foot-tall human hand holding an asthma inhaler. Concerned citizens […]

Clean Air Act 101

What is the Clean Air Act? For forty years the Clean Air Act has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to set limits on harmful air pollutants. From mercury to lead, the EPA has enforced needed safeguards to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. For this, it is […]

Community Gathers for Green Ideas and Ham Discussion

Sixty community members gathered last Tuesday morning for the Green Ideas and Ham Breakfast. Guests heard from Minnesota Department of Public Health Assistant Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser and public health professional and mother of a son with asthma, Shawna Hedlund. Following the presentations was a lively discussion about clean air in Minnesota, when guests had the […]

Minnesota continues its clean energy path!

On May 27th, Governor Dayton vetoed a bill that would roll back Minnesota’s restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions in the electric utility sector, thereby continuing our progress towards a cleaner energy future. This bill would have allowed up to 1,500 megawatt of new coal-fired power to be exempt from Minnesota’s carbon offset requirements for new coal […]