News Release | Environment Minnesota

Taking control of our energy future

In the next few years both Xcel Energy’s and Centerpoint Energy’s franchise agreements with the city of Minneapolis are coming up for renewal. These 20-year contracts give each utility a monopoly over electricity and gas service, respectively, and are common to most cities. This pending expiration of contracts makes this the perfect opportunity to align Minneapolis’ goals to reduce emissions; increase local, renewable energy; and reduce energy usage with these long-term agreements.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

The Cost of Fracking and Frac Sand Mining

Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center fired a new salvo in the growing debate over frac sand mining, an industry poised for rapid expansion in Minnesota thanks to demand for silica sand used in the gas drilling practice known as fracking. The group today released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by the fracking industry.

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Green Ideas & Ham is back with Susan Osborne, mayor of Boulder, CO

On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8:00 AM, we're having our first Green Ideas & Ham of the fall—and we're expecting a great group of community leaders to be in attendance! We'll be joined by Susan Osborne, the mayor of Boulder, Colorado, and John Farrell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Policy. 

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Minnesota and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025.

News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Advisory: New Report -- Extreme Downpours on the Rise in Minnesota

Environment Minnesota will hold a press conference on Tuesday July 31st to release a new report documenting the increase in the frequency of extreme rainstorms over the past 65 years in Minnesota. Recent extreme rainstorms, such as the storm that hit Duluth in June of 2012 and which caused $100 million in damages, are highlighted as part of a larger trend of bigger storms occurring more often—a trend that scientists have linked to global warming.

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