Every day, Minnesotans drive more than 123 million miles—the distance from Earth to the sun, and halfway back again. These miles add up to a massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions, making cars and trucks the number one source of climate pollution for the transportation sector in our state. While Minnesota is working to curb the number of vehicle miles traveled by increasing investments in electrification and in public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, more must be done to reduce the emissions from vehicles on the road. That’s where clean car standards come into play.
Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is moving to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons.
Xcel Energy has announced that it will change how it operates two of their Minnesota coal plants throughout the year, which projects to result in a 60% reduction in carbon emissions and millions of dollars in savings for customers.
Have you ever wondered how much electricity is generated from natural gas vs. renewables? Or which sectors have the highest greenhouse gas emissions? Learn that and more with our handy infographic!
Federal tailpipe emissions rollbacks starkly illustrate the need for the type of state-level action and committed health, safety, and climate leadership shown by Governor Tim Walz and his administration.