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In Minnesota, and from Sea to Shining Sea, Mayors Call for Solar

Minneapolis, MN - Mayors from every U.S. state including Minnesota are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a letter released today by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including Mayor Jacob Frey in Minneapolis.

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Environment Minnesota laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

Today, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy.

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Renewables on the Rise 2018

Minneapolis -- Today, only a week after St. Paul’s announcement that the city has set a goal of making all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center (RPC) released a new report showing why a 100% renewable future is well within reach. Since 2008, Minnesota has seen a 550-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun --and more than doubled wind power production. The evidence is clear: a cleaner, healthier economy powered by renewable energy is within our reach.

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Trouble in the Air

Minneapolis – As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center over 3.5 million people in the Twin Cities metro area experienced 37 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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Environment Minnesota Statement on 2018 MN Legislative Session

This session, Environment Minnesota worked with our allies in the environmental community to preserve the huge gains we’ve made in Minnesota. Shortsighted proposals at the Capitol would have gutted the state’s Community Solar Gardens program, given a green light to a dirty tar sands pipeline expansion project, and made it impossible for Minnesota’s counties, cities and towns to put reasonable fees on single use plastics. Environment Minnesota’s members reminded decision makers to make our environment a priority.

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Environment Minnesota Director's Testimony on Nuclear Rider Bill

On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, the Minnesota Senate's Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy cancelled an important hearing on SF 3504 minutes before it was scheduled to begin. SF 3504 would create an uncapped rider on Xcel Energy customers' bills to pay for costs at the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants, a potentially huge payout for Xcel shareholders. Director Tim Schaefer submitted the following testimony on behalf of Environment Minnesota and will testify at the rescheduled hearing on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.

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Environment Minnesota Responds to Draft Volkswagen Settlement Plan

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (“MPCA”) released its draft Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (“the Draft Plan”).[1] This Draft Plan details how the MPCA will spend $47 million in settlement funds from a $15 billion settlement with auto manufacturer Volkswagen, whose vehicles were producing 30-40 times more nitrogen oxide pollution than is allowed by law.

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Report: 10 percent solar in reach

Solar power is growing so fast in Minnesota that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center.

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Environment Minnesota Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment Minnesota, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of four candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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New Report on Solar Energy in Minneapolis and other Major U.S. Cities

Environment Minnesota was joined outside City Hall by Councilmember Cam Gordon, and solar users Jim Frye and Dale Howey to release a report: Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution the first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar energy in major American cities.

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