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File Under Not On My Watch: Gov. Dayton vows to veto legislation aimed at rolling back Minnesota's clean energy targets.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday vowed to veto any legislation slowing Minnesota's clean power efforts but acknowledged this will not be the year to pass any more aggressive renewable energy laws.
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NPR's series on little-know facts about immigration in the United States is well-done and informative. Today's topic: The Lo Mein Loophole! http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/npr-immigration-law-fueled-chinese-restaurant-boom
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Yep, Minnesota is on the list.
Bipartisan accord signed by governors of 17 states sets out commitments to expand energy efficiency and use more solar and wind generation for electricity
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State Earns A Rare ‘A’ In Annual Tobacco Control Report Card

When Minnesota dropped the co-payment requirement for Medicare participants seeking smoking cessation products at the beginning of 2016, it removed one more barrier for low-income residents trying to quit. As a result, Minnesota became the only state in the nation to earn an “A” grade for access to cessation services in this year’s State of Tobacco Control Report from the American Lung Association. 

Earning top marks for access to cessation services isn’t an easy accomplishment, the American Lung Association gave most states an “F” for this category in this year’s report.  While Minnesota has a higher percentage of Medicare participants using tobacco cessation products and services than most other states, it still earned a “B” grade in the category – until this year.  The state’s other grades were unchanged from last year’s report: an “A” for smoke free air, a “B” for tobacco taxes and an “F” for tobacco prevention and control program funding. The complete report and state scores can be found online at stateoftobaccocontrol.org.

“We are very pleased to be the first state to earn a top grade for access to cessation since the American Lung Association added this category in 2008,” said Pat McKone, regional senior director of tobacco control programs and policy for the American Lung Association in Minnesota.  “If we increase our funding for tobacco prevention and control program like our neighbor North Dakota did, we have a good shot at earning straight ‘As’ in future report cards.”

2015 was a busy and productive time for health advocates in Minnesota.  Some convenience store owners pushed (unsuccessfully) for a repeal or reduction of state taxes on tobacco; Minneapolis and Saint Paul passed ordinances restricting the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarette juice; and more cities and counties across the state passed ordinances to include electronic cigarettes in existing indoor air quality rules for smoking.
Working together in a strong coalition of partners from across the state, the American Lung Association in Minnesota will continue to push to reduce the harm and destruction from tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
Did your state make the grade? This report grades states and the federal government on key policies that can help prevent the death and disease caused by tobacco use.
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Great column on Minnesota's tobacco tax. A former critic sees through the haze and now supports it.
http://www.inforum.com/news/3915510-mcfeely-minnesotas-high-cigarette-taxes-working-how-they-should
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A nice column on climate change, comparing it to past environmental success stories.
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Less coal, less pollution. Sounds good.
Xcel sees 2.4% annual bump for ratepayers for 15 years; continuing coal would be 2%
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Cleaner Vehicle Fuel Choices Grew In Minnesota In 2015

SAINT PAUL, MINN. – (December 30, 2015) -- Minnesota continued to build on its growth in fuel choice in 2015, adding more biofuel stations, public charging stations for electric vehicles, and expanding the use of natural gas and propane as vehicle fuels.  With the price of traditional petroleum fuels so low, it is easy to forget that the need and demand for less-polluting fuels is still growing, as Minnesota looks toward more renewable energy sources.

In 2015, 15 new E85 stations opened throughout Minnesota, including stations in Rochester, Duluth, New Hope, Oakdale and St. Paul.  Minnesota currently has 295 E85 outlets, more than any other state, and flex fuel vehicle drivers use more than a million gallons of the cleaner-burning fuel every month. Fuel stations offering E15 gasoline also increased dramatically this year and sales of the more renewable gasoline are growing quickly.

Ethanol was not the only biofuel success story in Minnesota in 2015.  For the second year, Minnesota seamlessly increased the biodiesel content in most of the diesel fuel sold in the state to a 10 percent (B10) blend, during the winter months the blend is reduced to five percent.  Virtually all diesel engines and vehicles can run on these biodiesel blends without any special modifications. Better yet, using the cleaner burning B10 blend is the air pollution equivalent of removing 128,000 vehicles from the road each year.

The number of electric vehicles on Minnesota roads grew in 2015, as did the number of public charging stations for plug-in vehicles. In 2015, the Twin Cities Clean Cities coalition worked with federal, state and local agencies to install electric vehicle charging stations at 11 locations within the Mississippi National River and Recreational Area, a 72-mile long, 54,000-acre national park along the Mississippi River that stretches from Dayton to Hastings.  The electric vehicle charging facilities added as part of this project are part of 200+ public charging stations located across the state. The number of these stations are expected to grow as plug-in vehicles become more common.

Propane is another alternative vehicle fuel that grew in 2015. Independent School District 15 in St. Francis, Minn., transitioned its entire 41-vehicle bus fleet to cleaner-burning propane in 2015. The school district had initially tested 15 propane-fueled buses, and was so pleased with the results that it ordered more propane buses. Propane-fueled buses start immediately in cold weather and don’t require lengthy idling to warm the engine and heat the cabin. The buses are fueled by tanks located at the school’s bus maintenance facility.

Three new public compressed natural gas (CNG) stations opened in Minnesota in 2015 in Duluth, South Saint Paul and Fergus Falls.  The variety of fleets using CNG in Minnesota in their trucks, vans and buses continues to expand. Many trash haulers and recyclers are now using CNG, which helps to reduce both emissions and noise. The City of St. Cloud uses CNG-powered buses, running routes close to the New Flyer factory where they were built.

As the New Year approaches, there are already signs that fuel choice will continue to grow in 2016. Retailers interested in adding biofuels choices to their pumps have until January 22, 2016 to apply for a grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  For more on the alternative fuel choices available in Minnesota, visit CleanAirChoice.org.
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