In 2015, the EPA came out with the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to draw up plans for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) — one of the major greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change.
On February 9, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay that temporarily halts the implementation of the Clean Power Plan while legal challenges to the rule are decided by the courts.
While the future of the federal plan remains unclear, Governor Dayton, along with 16 other governors across the U.S., has pledged to move ahead with the plan no matter what happens to the federal plan. The Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future was signed by on February 16.
In addition to Minnesota, governors supporting the accord include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. Together these 17 states make up 40% of the U.S. population.
Minnesota is already doing a lot to reduce greenhouse gases. But there are still some important goals to set and decisions to make.
Find out more you can add your voice to the discussion: Clean Power Plan.