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Legislators Seek to Rollback Clean Energy Progress

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Issue

No rollbacks on dirty coal. Take action below!

Background

It doesn’t make sense to encourage more dirty energy while we accelerate Minnesota’s investment in clean energy.

In 2007, the Next Generation Energy Act became law with broad, bipartisan support, setting science-based carbon pollution reduction goals. The Act moves Minnesota decisively toward a clean energy future. A key part of that law is an important anti-backsliding provision that requires companies that invest in new coal to offset the added carbon pollution by making reductions in carbon emissions in other projects. But now legislators in both the Minnesota House and Senate are moving bills that would repeal that anti-backsliding policy. This is a huge step in the wrong direction for Minnesota because:

Coal is expensive. Over the last decade the costs of coal power have skyrocketed. Between 2001 and 2008, Minnesota coal expenditures nearly doubled in cost, while the amount of energy generated by coal actually decreased.

Coal is harming our health. Burning coal causes a wide variety of pollutants that negatively affect the health of Minnesotans. According to a 2010 National Academy of Science report, pollution from Minnesota coal plants caused almost $600 million in health costs in 2007.

Coal supports other economies, not Minnesota’s. In 2008 Minnesota exported about $550 million to buy coal. New coal investments would drain even more dollars from our state economy, money we should be investing in clean energy sources.

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No Rollbacks on Dirty Coal


Dear Governor,

Keep Minnesota moving forward on clean energy! Don't support House File 72 and Senate File 86. Minnesotans don't want any more dirty coal.

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