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A Big Day for Clean Air: New Carbon Rule Announced!

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration issued draft language to establish the first-ever carbon pollution protections for new power plants. Carbon pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like smog – which triggers asthma attacks – making it a serious hazard to Americans’ health and future. Once […]

We Heart Climate Scientists

Letter from the Executive Director A few articles caught my eye in the Minneapolis based Star Tribune last month. Of course I was proud of Will Steger’s opinion piece on climate literacy, published on January 27th: Will writes “if the nation is to address climate change, it must begin with a public that is climate […]

Senator Amy Klobuchar champions bipartisan solutions to our energy and environmental problems

On February 9, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D – Minnesota) addressed one of her top priorities in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate: …the critical need to get serious about building a new energy agenda for America, one that keeps our businesses competitive in the global economy, preserves our environment and restarts the […]

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visits Minnesota

 On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson spoke at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities about the role of science in public health and environmental protection policy. The audience also got a glimpse of Jackson’s personal life. She shared the story of her own son who suffers from asthma and her favorite policy, […]

What happened to winter?

Letter from the Executive Director Arctic Oscillation Diagram It’s hard not to notice the lack of winter across most of the country, at least in the lower 48 states. Two weeks ago a January heat wave smashed records from North Dakota to California before spreading into the Northeast. At least 1,500 daily record high temperatures […]

New Mercury Safeguards Will Save Lives

The Will Steger Foundation Applauds Obama Administration Decision to Cut Toxic Emissions from Dirty Power Plants. On December 21, 2011, the Will Steger Foundation along with other Minnesota public health and environment groups are applauding new public health safeguards that will protect kids and families from dangerous air pollution caused by emissions of mercury and […]

Over 1000 young people wish Senator Klobuchar happy holidays

Today, we stopped by Senator Klobuchar’s office to deliver 1,145 postcards signed by young people across the state urging her to protect the Clean Air Act. Young people in Minnesota need Sen. Klobuchar to stand up for our future and be a champion for clean air safeguards. Any delays or compromises will jeopardize our health […]

US Perspectives at COP17: Final Statements to the UN Plenary

Perspectives from a Youth Climate Leader and the U.S. Lead Negotiator, Todd Stern Abigail Borah, Middlebury College student delivered (unauthorized) remarks to the plenary on behalf of the American people just before Todd Stern, representing the U.S. State Department: “I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The […]