This week, with the country convulsed by protests over the killing of a black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we decided we’d talk to leading black climate activists about the connections between racism and climate change.
Since 2015, East Harriet resident Emily Moore has urged state leaders to divest fossil fuel-related holdings from public employee retirement funds. Recently, that’s meant working to get unions and the State Board of Investment, which manages the funds, to coalesce around the idea.
Increasing the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and reducing overall transportation emissions would provide many environmental, societal, and financial benefits. That’s why Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed clean-cars standards make so much sense for Minnesota (“Minnesota to follow California auto standards,” Sept. 26).
When 1,000 students lay on the floor of the Capitol rotunda on Sept. 20 in St. Paul, staging a “die-in” as part of a global strike against government inaction on climate change, the gesture expressed something more than alarm. Making room for each other and using friends or parents as pillows, the activists said that you can face anything if you’re not alone.
Environmental nonprofits say local issues inspired an increase in donations.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk said Tuesday that his fellow DFLers in the Legislature would try to crack the Republican blockade on much of Gov. Tim Walz’s climate change agenda next year by forming a united front in a “Clean Energy and Climate Caucus.”
We may have just seen the first skirmish in a war between Big Oil and clean energy in Minnesota. And clean energy won.
Members of a local environmentalist group on Monday, Oct. 28, criticized Xcel Energy’s proposed electric power generation plan for the next 15 years, saying the company is not going far enough in its pledge to cut carbon emissions.
Xcel Energy’s proposed natural gas plant in Becker is part of the city’s economic development strategy, said Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram. But for folks closely watching the rise of carbon levels and the impacts of climate change in Minnesota and beyond, a new greenhouse-gas-emitting plant is not welcome.
Xcel Energy has already pledged to go carbon-free, allowing the city’s plan to focus on other areas to reduce emissions.