Clean Energy

Twenty-five Years Later: On the cusp of a clean energy grid

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On June 21, Fresh Energy executive director Michael Noble gave a keynote address at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s 25th Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin.

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Clean Energy

Governor Dayton leads on clean energy in his annual State of the State address

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With last night’s State of the State speech, Governor Dayton made himself one of the leading clean energy gubernatorial voices in America, and is certainly the new leader on climate and energy in the 10 Midwestern states where Fresh Energy collaborates.

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Global Warming

Dear Mr. President

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After a long and arduous election cycle, it’s no surprise that Americans who care deeply about climate and energy are impatient. We’re impatient with the toxic relationship between politics and climate policy. We’re disillusioned by the energy debate during the election season that revolved around which candidate would expand gas and oil drilling more eagerly. America is calling on you, Mr. President.

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Global Warming

The inconvenient truth: Why no one’s talking about global warming

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If you care about global warming, you may have noticed the presidential candidates’ pronounced silence on the issue. Just four years ago, action on climate was prominently featured in both parties’ platforms. So why is global warming now off the table?

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Clean Energy

Skeptical about renewable energy predictions? You should be.

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In 1999, when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission required Xcel Energy to double its renewable energy commitment to one gigawatt, it was a pretty big deal. How wrong we were to think that a $2 billion renewable energy investment would be ambitious. Today, the region supports more than $20 billion.

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Clean Energy

This Earth Day, imagine a new energy economy

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Fossil fuels — oil and coal and natural gas — are the central energy source of the world’s economy. No wonder there’s a credibility problem with swapping the old system for a new one, in spite of abundant evidence that the Earth’s climate will change radically due to carbon pollution from those fossil fuels.

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Global Warming

Senators Franken, Whitehouse confront the climate change doubt machine

On December 14, Senator Al Franken and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave a thorough review of how a cottage industry of conservative foundations funded by oil and coal industries has manufactured public confusion and misinformation on climate change.

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