Star Tribune: Minnesota knows how to clean up its energy
Dr. Amy Bonifas has seen the impacts of air pollution on children. As a Brooklyn Center physician, she does all she can to protect her patients from asthma and other respiratory diseases, but she says doctors can’t do it alone. They need help.
On Monday, President Obama took a common-sense step in approving the first limits on carbon pollution from power plants. In Minnesota, power plants cause one-third of carbon pollution emissions, but until this week, these emissions faced no national limits. The Clean Power Plan will cut carbon emissions nationwide by 32 percent by 2030.
What does this mean for Minnesota? The plan sets individual state goals and adopts a flexible approach that lets Minnesota choose how to reach its goal. The state can tailor its plan with a mix of renewable energy, energy efficiency, switching to cleaner fuels or running efficient plants more often.