The Trump administration’s move to begin dismantling the Clean Power Plan, a policy intended to curb carbon emissions that contribute to human-induced climate change, will not lead to a quick repeal. E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement is simply the first of many steps the agency must make; proposing a rule to undo a regulation takes […]
It seems like a story about a new clean energy project in Minnesota is surfacing every day. From the explosion of community solar gardens, to utility-scale solar projects, to a planned wind-solar hybrid project, the news indicates that our clean energy economy is taking off, and will not be slowing down any time soon. However, […]
Letter from the Executive Director Team members Abby Fenton, Savannah Duby and myself attended the RE-AMP annual meeting in Detroit, MI in early July where we focused on how we can build a bolder, better Midwest Network through increased collaboration. RE-AMP is an active network of 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on […]
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 […]
Despite many being under the legal voting age, a contingent of high school youth gathered at Governor Dayton’s office on Friday November 21st to deliver over 1,000 public comments and photo petitions in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan before the December 1 comment deadline. The students, part of the Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! […]
In recent headlines: “Climate change is real, humans are mostly to blame, time is short, UN panel says…” The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) giant climate assessment offered no surprises since it combined the findings of three reports released in the past 13 months.
Congressman Ellison wrote a great piece in the Huffington Post highlighting the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to pass strong carbon pollution standards for new and existing coal-burning power plants and called on Xcel Energy to transition Units 1 & 2 of the Sherco coal plant- Minnesota’s largest carbon emitter- to clean energy.
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 […]
I was reminded of this song from my childhood this week. It goes something like this: “One of these things is not like the other…one of these things just doesn’t belong…” While Minnesota Senator Al Franken took the right step to propose a Senate Resolution to support the Clean Air Act and voted against all […]
Will and I were in Washington DC to promote our education and policy efforts earlier this week. Photo Credit: Royal Norwegian Embassy / Hanne Marie Willoch On Monday March 28th, the National Education Association and National Council for Science and the Environment hosted a lunch with non-profits and federal agencies working on climate education with […]