MN Legislators Receive Coal Lump for Efforts to Roll Back Pollution Standards

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2011 Legislative Session

Minnesota Legislators will receive a lump of coal for their plans to roll back pollution standards. HF72/SF86 would roll back the standards for power plants to allow coal-fired burning without mitigation for pollution. This standard was set by the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act, a bi-partisan effort signed by then Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Each member of the Minnesota Legislature will receive a lump of coal on Monday from clean energy advocates as a token of their growing concern over HF72/SF86. Following the media event, the coal will be delivered to legislators. Speaking at the press conference will be Rep. Bill Hilty (DFL- Finlayson); Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL- St. Paul); Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis); Michael Noble, Fresh Energy; Barb Freese, Union of Concerned Scientists; Bob Moffitt, American Lung Association; Alexis Illyn, Restoring Eden.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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