After EPA announces clean air standards, Minnesota coalition says clean energy plan needed to protect resources, create new jobs, and lower long-term energy costs for families and businesses
SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled proposed rules to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign released the following statement:
“Minnesota needs a responsible clean energy plan that transitions our state to renewable energy—with at least half of the states’ electricity coming from renewable energy by 2030—and improves energy efficiency throughout the state.
“Minnesota has been a great clean energy success story. We can reach even greater heights with a responsible plan that protects our lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water; helps create new clean energy jobs; and lowers energy costs for families and businesses in the long run. Doing so will help preserve Minnesota’s four seasons, protect the special natural places that give us a sense of calm, and leave a better legacy for our children and grandchildren.
The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign mobilizes more than 60 energy, labor, youth, faith, environment, business, and conservation groups to advance groundbreaking state legislation that creates jobs for Minnesotans and generates clean, local, renewable energy while protecting our health and the air we breathe. For more information and a list of the organizations participating in the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign, visit www.cleanenergyjobs.mn.