Conservation Minnesota

Fall 2015 Newsletter: Minnesota and the Clean Power Plan

Fall-Kids-in-CanoeAt Conservation Minnesota we work on the issues you care about. Minnesotans, like you, have told us they care about protecting our lakes and rivers from mercury and protecting our children from harmful air pollutants that cause asthma and other health complications. These are the reasons we are working with a diverse group of stakeholders to engage Minnesotans around the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan specifies emission reduction goals for states, providing Minnesota an opportunity to work alongside other states on a single action to reduce mercury in water, improve lives, cut pollution, and protect our Minnesota way of life. This plan will also spur the growth of clean energy jobs in our state and others. Each state has the flexibility to design the plan that will work best for their local circumstances.

Minnesota is well positioned and on track to meet these federal goals, thanks to the past commitment of members like you, and legislators alike to protect our lakes, land, and way of life through the passage of the 2007 Renewable Energy Standards.

By decreasing our use of coal and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can:

  • Impact the health of many Minnesotans by reducing asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses
  • Create over 35,000 new jobs in the next 10 years and support our 15,000 well-paying jobs
  • Protect the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams
  • Decrease the amount of coal burned here and in other states across the country that results in increased mercury in our waters

To learn more about the Clean Power Plan, please visit our CPP webpage.


Read the rest of the Fall 2015 Newsletter

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