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Minnesota’s New Carbon-Free Power Plan is a Win for Birds and Individuals


    ST. PAUL, MN – Right now, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a clear vitality invoice into legislation after it handed within the Home and Senate. The brand new legislation requires the state’s utilities to get 100% of their electrical energy from carbon-free vitality sources by 2040. Decarbonizing the electrical sector will considerably reduce Minnesota’s carbon emissions, which is essential for minimizing local weather threats to birds and other people. 

    Audubon’s Survival by Levels report exhibits that local weather change is the most important risk to birds and other people alike. Adopting forward-looking clear vitality coverage is essential to decreasing air pollution, slowing the rise in international temperatures, and preserving the high-quality habitats that birds like Minnesota’s Widespread Loon have to survive. “Minnesota’s 100% Clear Power invoice, now signed into legislation, is an actionable plan that aligns with the state’s local weather targets, will increase the efficacy of local weather motion in different sectors, and begins to deal with local weather change as a essential risk to Minnesota’s birds,” mentioned Lindsay J. Brice, coverage director for Audubon Minnesota Iowa Missouri.  

    The Audubon Minnesota Iowa Missouri group has lengthy supported the motion in the direction of increasing clear vitality within the state. Audubon MN IA MO sat on working teams for Minnesota’s Local weather Motion Framework, met with Governor Waltz to current and focus on Survival by Levels, and supported this and prior clear vitality payments. “Minnesota’s dedication to reaching carbon-free electrical energy is sweet information for the state’s climate-threatened species—and for Minnesotans who now have entry to a extra sustainable future,” mentioned Gary Moody, Audubon’s director of state and native local weather technique. “We’ll proceed to advocate for accountable clear vitality coverage like this within the Midwest and all through the nation.”  

    Minnesota joins the rising listing of states and territories which have adopted 100% clear vitality targets—together with Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, and Washington. This comes at a time when 76 % of Minnesotans report feeling involved about local weather change and 60 % are concerned with seeing elevated use of wind, photo voltaic, and different renewable vitality, based on a College of Minnesota ballot

    Extra about Audubon’s coverage on renewable vitality might be discovered right here.    

    About Audubon
    The Nationwide Audubon Society protects birds and the locations they want, at this time and tomorrow. Audubon works all through the Americas utilizing science, advocacy, schooling, and on-the-ground conservation. State applications, nature facilities, chapters, and companions give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches hundreds of thousands of individuals every year to tell, encourage, and unite numerous communities in conservation motion. A nonprofit conservation group since 1905, Audubon believes in a world during which individuals and wildlife thrive. Study extra at and on Fb, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety. 

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