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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 […]

Climate Change and Your Health

The Union of Concerned Scientists released an excellent peer-reviewed report Thursday called Climate Change and Your Health: Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution. The full national report is at www.ucsusa.org (PDF 2.3MB). The report found climate change-induced ozone increases in Minnesota could result in about 62,000 additional cases of serious respiratory illnesses and almost $107 million […]

No time to move backwards

“A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt With little hope for federal climate action, it is essential that we preserve and move forward on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, climate change pollutants. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has had the authority since 1970 to […]

Hope and Humor after the political shift

We’ve spent the past two weeks interpreting the midterm elections and what the results mean for our state, regional and national efforts to advance climate and clean energy policies. The post-election discussion about “what it all means” is fascinating given the historical shift to the right. Dow Jones reported that the big winners were the […]