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Diverse Voices Call for Strong Carbon Standard!

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.

Shape Our Energy Future

October 2nd marked the ceremonial signing of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs bill, also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057). Will and I were honored to join Governor Dayton and chief authors Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman, and members of the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition for […]

Sprog reflection

I was a high school junior when I first heard about the Sierra Student Coalition’s grassroots organizing training program, called Sprog (short for Summer Program). I’d just returned from studying environmental science intensively at a semester boarding school program in Wisconsin, and I was looking for ways to turn my new understanding of environmental issues […]

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 […]

Climate Change Plans Oh My!

We hope you’ve heard the President’s Climate Change plan to cut carbon pollution: taking action for youth and future generations! The President articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change and leaving a more sustainable future for our children: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America 2) Prepare the […]

Move Your Feet!

With the arrival of June, summer is finally here! We’re excited to have an office full of interns, and especially to welcome back three former high school students who were involved in our YEA! Minnesotaprogram. Past YEA! MN Co-chair, Siiri Bigalke joins WSF as a Policy intern to help with public outreach around Minnesota’s clean […]

We Did It!

I’ll start with the good news: Both the Minnesota House and Senate passed our Clean Energy and Jobs legislation last week. The legislation includes a first-ever solar standard and a strengthened renewable energy standard for investor-owned utilities, as well as important efficiency and local power production policies.