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Clean Air Act Defense

WSF volunteer Aimee Jaroscak delivers Clean Air Act postcards to Congressman Chip Cravaack. Postcards were collected at events in Grand Rapids and Princeton, MN. The Clean Air Act is literally a lifesaver. Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970 and it is one of the most successful environmental laws anywhere in the world. For […]

Collaboration with Health Professionals

In 2011 the Will Steger Foundation collaborated with the public health community to raise awareness of the health implications from air pollution caused by our fossil fuel energy use. Actions: Held a telepresser event with a health professional on UCS report: Climate Change and Your Health: rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution which generated media. Health […]

Clean Air

Air pollution is a scourge on our health, climate, and economy. Burning fossil fuels is the main cause of both air pollution and climate change, and health experts have concluded that climate change will actually make air pollution an even greater health threat, unless fossil fuel emissions are drastically reduced. The Clean Air Act is […]

Accomplishments

Since 2006, we have had a major role in the following policy accomplishments: Will Steger appointed to Governor Pawlenty’s Climate Change Advisory Group Renewable Electricity Standard in MN Next Generation Act of 2007 Maintaining Minnesota’s Clean Energy Path Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs campaign 1.5% Solar Energy Standard, with a goal of 10% by 2030 […]

Clean Energy

We are on the verge of a profound shift in the way we produce and use energy. This shift will move the world away from the consumption of fossil fuels (such as oil, coal and natural gas) that cause climate change, toward cleaner, renewable forms of power. The popularity of clean energy is already exploding […]

Policy Position

Policies we support must: Stabilize CO2 in the atmosphere at 350 ppm Cuts emissions in the US by 30-40% from 2005 levels by 2020 and 80% or more by 2050

Overview

“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising average sea level.” – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report Our understanding of climate change is largely the result of the Intergovernmental […]

COP: The Final Countdown

Friday, December 9th: COP Exhaustion The conference was supposed to end on Friday, theoretically with an evening plenary session that began at 8 pm. However, the meeting only ran an hour, with little to no concrete accomplishments or timeframe for wrapping up the COP. So the COP continues on Saturday, but with much less energy […]