We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that 75 Minnesota counties experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit—an important victory for the thousands of Minnesotans who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies
After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for young children and babies in utero, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that power plants like Xcel Energy's Sherco plant must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.