Global warming 101

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Global warming is the single biggest environmental and humanitarian crisis of our time. The Earth’s atmosphere is overloaded with heat-trapping carbon, which threatens large-scale disruptions in climate–with disastrous consequences. We must act now to speed the adoption of cleaner energy at home and abroad.

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Resilient Schools

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Across Minnesota, school buildings can serve as the lifeblood of entire neighborhoods and communities. The classrooms are some of the most heavily used spaces we have. But the size and age of our schools means they use an incredible amount of energy – which can mean big utility bills and a lot of wasted resources spent on energy rather than education.

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RELEASE: Judge Recommends Use of the Social Cost of Carbon

St. Paul, MN (April 15, 2016) – A new report recommends using the federal “social cost of carbon” when estimating the health and economic impacts of carbon dioxide pollution in the State of Minnesota, with a couple of minor suggested amendments. The report was submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by an administrative law judge earlier today.

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Transportation & Land Use

325,000 reserved the new Tesla – what does it mean for EVs?

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This is the latest is a series of events showing the growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Minnesota and nationally, including an all-electric room at the Twin Cities Auto Show and a steep discount on the Nissan Leaf in the month of March. With the Chevy Bolt (another 200 mile electric vehicle expected to cost around $35,000) set to release next year, a year ahead of the Model 3, a new issue is about to be raised in the world of electric vehicles: the downside of being first to market.

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Seattle’s experience with electric buses

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As transit agencies in Minnesota consider transitioning their fleets to zero-emission, battery-electric buses and providing clean, quiet transportation for our communities, one successful example to watch is King County Metro, metro Seattle’s transit agency.

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