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2012 was the hottest year on record within the United States. Many western states are in official states of drought. Climate change is now. Obama said this about climate change in his State of the Union address “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way.  But the debate is settled.  Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

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Gerardo Ruiz of freener-g, hosts a press conference with Will Steger and other MN business leaders to discuss opportunities from clean energy legislation for future investments and job growth.

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MN business leaders respond to Q&A at a Clean Energy Press Event on February 8, 2010. Thousand Hills Cattle Company, Todd Churchill and economist Terry Gips discuss the benefits of market signals for carbon.

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Todd Churchill, President and Owner of Thousand Hills Cattle Company shares his thoughts with farmers concerned about rising fuel prices.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2012 14:25

Minnesota's Energy Future

With the start of 2012, I thought it would be useful to highlight the positive actions taking place right now to transition Minnesota towards clean energy.

Minnesotans spend at least $20 billion a year for energy. Most of that money goes to other states that are rich in fossil fuels and leaves Minnesota with polluted air and water. With the right policies, Minnesota’s transition to clean energy can bring those dollars home to communities throughout our state in the coming decades.

At a forum last September, speakers explained how distributed wind and solar energy differs from centralized or base energy and how the coming energy revolution can democratize the electricity system. John Farrell, Director of the Energy Self Reliant States and Communities Program at the Institute of Local Self Reliance, helped in planning and arranging the forum sponsored by Think Again Minnesota. We encourage you to watch the video!

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Speakers included:

  • Lynn Hinkle, Policy Development Director Minnesota Solar Industries Association
    • The Green-Blue Alliance: Solar Energy and Labor Issues in Relation to Clean Energy Development
  • John Farrell, Director, Energy Self Reliant States and Communities Program Institute for Local Self Reliance
    • How Distributed Wind Development Can Grow Jobs and Contribute to Economic Development in Minnesota
  • George Crocker, Executive Director, North American Water Office
    • The Importance of Community Organizing for Developing Distributed Renewable Energy

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