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A Step Backward

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a replacement to the Clean Power Plan called the Affordable Clean Energy rule. Containing a complete overhaul of the standards for emissions from coal-fired power plants, the Trump administration’s rule poses a direct threat to our changing climate and public health. We continue to witness the immediate […]

Drinking From the Firehose

There are so many different levels at which you can interact at COP23. My goals in attending were 1) to share the story of Minnesota’s clean energy leadership as a successful model, 2) to help explain to the rest of the world that thousands of Americans at the city, state, corporate, university, and individual level […]

From Words to Action!

Letter from the Executive Director Earlier this month we were delighted to see the Paris Agreement ratified, meaning that it will enter into force with historic speed. The Agreement cleared the final hurdle when several European countries formally ratified the pact, meaning that nations accounting for more than 55 percent of the world’s carbon emissions […]

Guess who made the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40?

Letter from the Executive Director I was truly honored to have been selected by the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40, a new program to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region and their work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. We congratulated Xcel Energy’s plan to retire Sherco 1 & 2 by 2026 and slash carbon […]

The Clean Power Plan: A Critical Step Towards A Climate-Resilient Future

The case for strong action by the U.S. to address climate change is growing by the day. After experiencing the hottest and wettest May on record last month, we can clearly see that the impacts of climate change are intensifying. In the past few weeks, international climate efforts have made headlines: Norway has voted to […]

Tackling Coal and Winning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Since the fall of 2009, Campus Beyond Coal (CBC) has been leading a student run, grassroots campaign to move the University of Minnesota beyond coal power. With the mission of “To bring about, through active engagement and awareness-raising measures, the phase out of coal-fired power on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus” we have built […]

MN High Schooler Testifies in Defense of Statewide Coal Moratorium

Cole Norgaarden, a 10th grader at the Blake School in Minneapolis, testified Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Minnesota House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee during the hearing of House File 72. The bill proposes to repeal a Minnesota statute that limits carbon dioxide emissions by utilities. Cole is co-chair of Youth […]