Conservation Minnesota

Summer 2013 Newsletter: From Coal to Clean

Wind-turbineEach year Minnesota imports more than $20 billion dollars in energy from other states. While Minnesota does not have any coal or natural gas, we do have plenty of renewable energy that has been left untapped.

Conservation Minnesota is working with partners to help reduce our reliance on coal for electricity, increase efficiency, and use more renewable energy like wind and solar to meet our needs.

There are many reasons for Minnesota to make a smooth transition from coal to clean energy. The billions of dollars spent on imported energy can be used instead to build a vibrant energy economy around local producers of renewable technology.

The benefits of this transition are not just economic.  According to the American Lung Association (ALA), “Each year 24,000 premature deaths – 550,000 asthma attacks – 38,000 heart attacks – 12,000 hospital admissions are attributed to Coal Plant pollution”.  Less coal means less mercury, toxic chemicals, and waste products that pollute our lakes and waterways.

ALA President Charles D. Connor notes “People living closest to these plants, especially children, seniors and those with chronic disease, face the greatest risk”. With so much at stake, a sensible plan to move from coal to clean energy is an important next step for Minnesota.

Read the rest of the Summer 2013 Newsletter articles.

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Webmaster says:

Hi Kitty,
We’ll have someone from our partner organizations get in touch with you.

Kitty Baker says:

In Lanesboro, we have a documentary film series on 3rd Fridays from May to October. This season’s topic is Energy & Climate. We would like to know if there is someone affiliated with Conservation Minnesota who might be willing to facilitate a short talk about the potential and progress of renewables in MN, following our September or October 7:30pm documentary film showing.
Thanks for yoru reply,
Kitty Baker, Volunteer for 3rd Friday Film Night