This week, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a replacement to the Clean Power Plan called the Affordable Clean Energy rule. Containing a complete overhaul of the standards for emissions from coal-fired power plants, the Trump administration’s rule poses a direct threat to our changing climate and public health. We continue to witness the immediate […]
There are so many different levels at which you can interact at COP23. My goals in attending were 1) to share the story of Minnesota’s clean energy leadership as a successful model, 2) to help explain to the rest of the world that thousands of Americans at the city, state, corporate, university, and individual level […]
Letter from the Executive Director Earlier this month we were delighted to see the Paris Agreement ratified, meaning that it will enter into force with historic speed. The Agreement cleared the final hurdle when several European countries formally ratified the pact, meaning that nations accounting for more than 55 percent of the world’s carbon emissions […]
Letter from the Executive Director I was truly honored to have been selected by the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40, a new program to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region and their work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. We congratulated Xcel Energy’s plan to retire Sherco 1 & 2 by 2026 and slash carbon […]
The case for strong action by the U.S. to address climate change is growing by the day. After experiencing the hottest and wettest May on record last month, we can clearly see that the impacts of climate change are intensifying. In the past few weeks, international climate efforts have made headlines: Norway has voted to […]
The largest source of air pollution is from coal-fired power plants, which emit hazardous air pollutants, in addition to overloading our atmosphere with carbon pollution, which is driving climate change and affects our health, environment and economy. Learn about the Regional Week of Action (Nov 16-21) and take action…
When two independent scientific studies confirmed the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun an irreversible melt, triggering sea level rise of potentially more than 10 feet over the coming centuries, Will Steger knew this was another major sign of climate change and a critical tipping point.
In recent climate news: The Winter Olympics have ended, earning the medal for the warmest of the modern era, with an average temperature of nearly 49 degrees and a number of days around 60 degrees. On Monday March 10th, a group of 30 Senators stayed up all night delivering speeches to bring attention to the […]
Joe was hired by the Will Steger Foundation to begin to address the question: “What can WSF and YEA! MN do to become more open, available, and useful to people of color and lower-income people?” Traditionally, WSF has been a predominantly white organization and it’s YEA! MN program has drawn in a predominantly white group […]
The Obama administration proposed a major new rule today to curb the carbon pollution spewing from power plants that contributes to human-induced climate change. Scientists warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.