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Global Warming

What does the historic Paris climate agreement mean for Minnesota?

At the end of last year, 195 countries at the Paris Climate Summit agreed to the first-ever global agreement to cut carbon. The agreement reflects the momentum that cities, companies, countries, and civil society groups have built since the first international climate conference in 1992.

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Global Warming

2015 was the world’s hottest year ever recorded – it’s time for action

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Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data showing that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record, surpassing 2014 by an unprecedented 1.6 degrees Celsius. These new data confirm that now is the time to take global action to address climate. Thankfully, 194 countries from around the world now have a framework in place to move in that direction. On the heels of the historic Paris Agreement, it’s crucial that Minnesota continue to lead by example on energy policy that can grow local businesses and create well-paying jobs all while reducing emissions from dirty, imported fuels.

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Global Warming

Statement from Fresh Energy on new data showing 2015 as warmest year ever

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“These new data confirm that now is the time to take global action to address climate. On the heels of the historic Paris Agreement, it’s crucial that Minnesota continue to lead by example on energy policy that can grow local businesses and create well-paying jobs all while reducing emissions from dirty, imported fuels.”

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Clean Energy

Statement from Fresh Energy on today’s landmark climate agreement in Paris

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“Today in Paris, leaders of almost 200 nations agree to a landmark climate policy. We’re proud that actions in Minnesota over the past decade have demonstrated deep carbon reductions that grow jobs and generate economic opportunities; today’s agreement at the Paris Climate Summit was made possible by demonstrations of economic opportunities in Minnesota and other places around the world. Fresh Energy looks forward to working with businesses and elected officials in Minnesota to ensure that our state leads the nation in carbon reductions while moving us even faster into the clean energy economy.”

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Global Warming

The Human Face of Climate Change and Extreme Weather in the Developing World- Up Close and Personal

As Fresh Energy continues to lead the transition to clean energy in Minnesota, our Science Policy Director J. Drake Hamilton is in Paris for the global climate talks. Her latest update is that, after 11 days of intense negotiations, the talks – now less than 36 hours from their deadline – still have to resolve major issues. It appears that the substantive gulf between the positions of developed and developing countries has not narrowed enough.

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Global Warming

Attorney General Lori Swanson announces support of the Clean Power Plan

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Today, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was joined by a coalition of 24 other attorneys general, cities, and counties around the country to intervene in support of the Clean Power Plan in a federal lawsuit. Since it was announced on August 3, numerous organizations, companies, utilities, and government officials have praised the Clean Power Plan and its first ever national limits on carbon emissions from power plants.

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Global Warming

Xcel Energy proposes nation-leading transition from coal energy to renewables

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy announced an accelerated transition from coal energy to renewables, including 60 percent carbon emissions reductions by 2030, ceasing coal-fired generation at Sherco Units 1 and 2 in 2023 and 2026, respectively, and moving up in time substantial new renewable generation to 1,200 megawatts by 2020.

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Global Warming

J. Drake Hamilton’s Ask Me Anything with Reddit offers answers on climate change

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In a follow-up to Rolling Stone Magazine’s recent article, “The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here,” author Eric Holthaus and ten climate experts, including Science Policy Director J. Drake Hamilton, took to Reddit to host an AMA (Ask Me Anything) forum to offer answers to readers’ questions.

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Global Warming

General Mills: climate change will be bad for business – announces big carbon reductions

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Fresh Energy applauds General Mills for its decision to cut carbon emissions by 28 percent in the next decade in order to combat global warming. The Minnesota-based company announced its strategy to reduce emissions throughout the value chain, from farm to fork to landfill earlier this morning.

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