www.mnaction.org Friday, October 24, 2014  

Minnesota’s Path to a Clean Energy Future!

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Issue

Defeat Dirty Coal in Minnesota

Background

Minnesotans cherish our natural resources and take pride in our outdoor heritage. Over the years, we have fought for laws that strengthen our ability to protect our land, water and air. These laws provide the bedrock of Minnesota’s environmental policy. We need your help to continue defending existing laws from being weakened or repealed.

Clean Energy:
Sound energy policies increase our use of renewable energy sources, provide incentives to utilities to promote energy efficiency, and achieve our goal of reducing Minnesota’s global warming pollution. This includes maintaining the prohibition on the construction of new coal-burning power plants.

Alternatives to Coal:
The Next Generation Act of 2007 established climate protection goals for Minnesota to achieve an 80 percent reduction in global warming pollution by 2050. The Act also set new goals for increased energy efficiency savings, established a nation-leading renewable energy standard, and prohibited the construction of new fossil fuel-burning power plants after August 2009 if regulations to control global warming pollution are not in effect by that date.

In response to the Act’s requirements, Minnesota energy utilities have stepped up their investments in clean energy technologies. However, these achievements can be easily erased if new coal-burning power plants are built. These plants will result in a dramatic increase in coal use, further harming our air quality and eclipsing investments in advanced and renewable power generation. As part of defending Minnesota’s environmental policy foundation, we ask our legislators and Governor to oppose attempts to repeal this prohibition on new coal-burning power plants.

In late February 2010, bills were introduced to repeal the prohibition on the importation of electric energy from coal-burning power plants in other states.

Dirty coal amendments are expected to be introduced when the Senate votes on energy bills on the floor on Wednesday. And Representatives will vote on similiar amendments very soon. Legislators need to hear from you NOW.

Please email (below) and CALL today!

Senators: (651) 296-0504
Representatives: 651-296-2146 or 800-657-3550 toll free

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Avoid dirty coal amendments


Dear Representative,

Minnesota has made great progress toward a clean energy economy and allowing more dirty coal in our energy mix will undermine years of progress. Coal is just not a sensible solution to increasing our energy independence.

We need to make our investments in homegrown and clean renewable energy sources.

Keep Minnesota’s restrictions on coal-burning power plants. Air pollution alerts are increasing and global warming isn’t going away. Keep Minnesota on the path as a national leader in the clean energy economy.

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