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We helped win the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate

Under the newly announced Clean Power Plan, gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs. Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for this historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, this will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve.

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Guest Blog: Family Memories at Lake Ballantyne

Lucas Melby is from Mankato, Minnesota and is currently studying political science at Hamline University. His favorite things to do outdoors include camping with his family, biking on the trails around Mankato, and, of course, going to the many lakes of Minnesota.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon Pollution in Minnesota

As public concern about extreme weather grows, Minnesota is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as Minnesota’s renewable energy standard, are already significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution — the leading cause of global warming — according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report, Moving America Forward, showed that Minnesota’s renewable energy standard reduced carbon pollution by at least 3.24 million metric tons in 2012. That is comparable to the annual emissions from 675,000 cars. 

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Report | Environment Minnesota

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts — from coastal flooding to food system disruptions — could become unavoidable. Fortunately, even in the absence of a comprehensive response from the U.S.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Statement on close of public comment period for PolyMet mine plan

The public comment period closes today at 4:30 p.m. for the environmental impact study of PolyMet's proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. If approved, it would be the first of its kind in the state. Companies are already exploring and test drilling across northern Minnesota for possible copper and nickel mines and have proposed mines in the Lake Superior basin, in the Superior National Forest, and near the Boundary Waters wilderness.

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Guest Blog -- Along the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers

I have had a first-hand view of the Minnesota River since coming to Minnesota State University, located at the bend in the river at Mankato. It was a clear river in pre-settler times and had many wetlands to mitigate flooding. Since those times, though, the area has been converted into an intensive agricultural landscape and economy. We benefit financially from the crops grown in the region, but also have the negative consequences of poor stewardship of the lands and waters.

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