The following is a statement from Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota, on the announcement of the federal Clean Power Plan which establishes state-by-state targets to curb emissions from electricity production by 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030.
“This is truly an exciting day for Minnesotans, as we got our first look at the Clean Power Plan, which aims to partner with electricity producers to reduce carbon emissions nationwide.
With power plants being responsible for one third of the carbon pollution found in this state, it is only natural that we look for ways to work with power companies to curb these emissions.
The links between increased carbon emissions and increased asthma and heart disease rates, as well as mercury pollution in our waters is well documented. By taking steps to curb these emissions, we are moving toward a healthier state for everyone.
Currently, it is estimated that the state’s clean energy economy employs 15,000 people, and that number could double in the next ten years as we look for ways to meet this tough but fair standard.
When you combine the potential health benefits with the potential economic benefits, the clean power plant is truly a win-win for Minnesota.”
See statements of support from industry and elected officials here.