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A Step Backward

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 […]

Carbon Affects My Health and Future

Until recent years, the detrimental effects of coal and its heavy carbon dioxide emissions had been ignored due to the nation’s immense coal reserves, as well as its dependence on coal for energy. However, President Obama has now publicly declared a war on coal, striving to make America the chief natural gas producer in order […]

Clean Energy, Climate, and Health: Reflections on the Clearwater Public Forum

It is a fundamental truth that clean energy and human wellbeing go hand in hand – for climate and health activists alike. With the passage of the 2007 Next Generation Act and this spring’s Clean Energy and Jobs legislation, Minnesota has started down the clean energy path that cuts carbon pollution and reduces threats to […]

Forums Spark Dialogue and Climate Action

We successfully completed an eight-city tour of Minnesota with free public forums on climate change, clean energy and health. When the New Ulm journal published the headline: Polar explorer, scientist, bishop to address climate change, we knew we were pulling together a diversity of voices for climate action. Read More…

Princeton and Grand Rapids, Minnesota

On December 7 and December 8, 2011, in Princeton and Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the Will Steger Foundation, the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota, and Fresh Energy joined together to present public forums on Clean Air, Climate, and Health, with keynote speaker Will Steger.

Clean Air Act 101

What is the Clean Air Act? For forty years the Clean Air Act has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to set limits on harmful air pollutants. From mercury to lead, the EPA has enforced needed safeguards to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. For this, it is […]

Community Gathers for Green Ideas and Ham Discussion

Sixty community members gathered last Tuesday morning for the Green Ideas and Ham Breakfast. Guests heard from Minnesota Department of Public Health Assistant Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser and public health professional and mother of a son with asthma, Shawna Hedlund. Following the presentations was a lively discussion about clean air in Minnesota, when guests had the […]

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 […]