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Northwest Metro Climate Action members in the news…..

 

Published June, 2017 in the Star Tribune

By: Chris Evans, member of Northwest Metro Climate Action Group

http://www.startribune.com/readers-write-june-3-president-trump-s-decision-on-the-paris-climate-agreement/426020603/

Action to reduce greenhouse emissions will indeed have to come from state and local initiatives, but unfortunately Minnesota’s Legislature is hewing to Trumpian nihilism. The recently passed jobs and energy bill will slow our state’s progress by reducing incentives for solar power and shifting funds away from renewable energy production toward nonrenewables. The transportation bill leaves public transportation underfunded. It was a bad session for those of us planning on spending a few more decades on this planet. Were it not for Gov. Mark Dayton, the Legislature would no doubt have made it even worse.

Chris Evans, Maple Grove

 

Published May2017, in the Sun Sailor, Plymouth

By: Greg Laden, member of Northwest Metro Climate Action Group

To the Editor,

In a civilized world, nations unite to address existential threats. But
under President Trump, we have joined Syria and Nicaragua in withdrawing
from the global Paris climate agreement.

The Paris agreement was designed to avoid reliance on any one country;
Our departure will not damage Paris, but it will damage the US, as this
will send a stark message to the world that we are not to be trusted.

Many effects of climate change are here, but the worst is yet to come,
including loss of coastline, spread of  disease, and disruption to
agriculture.  When we make choices about how we make energy, we are
making choices that will determine the well being of our grandchildren.

According to The Hill (04/12/17), “Coal companies, oil giants Exxon
Mobil and ConocoPhillips … and major American manufacturers such as
General Electric are among those arguing that the United States should
stay in [Paris].” According to the Washington Post (11/21/16) 71% of
Americans support the Paris agreement.  Who doesn’t like Paris? Trump
and his cabinet.

Business Insider (01/126/17) tells us “Solar-energy jobs are growing 12
times as fast as the US economy.” According to Fresh Energy, ~75% of the
new clean energy infrastructure in North America was installed by
Minnesota companies.  The economy will move forward with the energy
transition that will save us from major climate change despite Trump.
But, how fast that happens will depend on how much the President and his
party pay attention to what the American people and American businesses
want.

We don’t know how long President trump will be in office, but if he
stays in Washington and stays his course, our children will suffer as
our grandchildren might have, and global warming may exceed that from
which we can recover.

The Chinese and Europe are prepared to push the US aside and take over
leadership in the new energy economy (see: “EU China Leaders Joint
Statement on Climate Change”). The artful deal maker, Trump, has made
the worst possible deal he could have made.

 

 

Published February, 2017 in the Crystal Sun Post

By: Scott Linge, member of Northwest Metro Climate Action Group

I encourage Crystal and New Hope residents to take advantage of the special television program on insurance rates and severe weather events in Minnesota. It is on TPT-MN channel at 9:30 PM Thursday, January 5. Experts present new data on weather change and the economic impact of rising insurance costs to Minnesota homeowners, farmers, and businesses. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas and Bob Johnson of the MN Insurance Federation present facts and data pertaining to Minnesota. This program was produced with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
 
I live in Crystal and in 2012 the flood zone maps were redrawn with some winners and losers, but it was the first update in many years. Homeowner insurance rates have gone up significantly (260%) in the last 10 years due to weather changes and frequency of major flooding and hail. Minnesota has consistently ranked high in states with the most catastrophic weather related losses. Since insurance is a pool of risk for the entire state we are all paying a bit more for the losses across our land. 

 

Published Dec 29, 2016 in the Maple Grove/Osseo Press & News

By: Maria Barry, member of Northwest Metro Climate Action Group

Snowplows in Maple Grove in September? Yep. Record breaking rainfall of over 10 inches resulted in severe flooding on September 21st. The flooding was so bad that snowplows were used to remove water from interstate 94 and many residents are still dealing with water damage to their houses. Recently, FEMA opened a disaster recovery center in Brooklyn Park to help residents who have losses associated with the September flooding.
Many of these “once in a lifetime” events are occurring more frequently and insurers know it. Homeowner insurance rates have gone up significantly (260%) in the last 10 years due to increased frequency of major flooding and hail. Living in Maple Grove, I encourage residents to take advantage of the special program on insurance rates and severe weather events in Minnesota. “The Cost of Climate Change in Minnesota” is on TPT-MN at 9:30 PM Thursday, January 5. Experts present new data on weather changes and the economic impact of rising insurance costs to Minnesota homeowners, farmers, and businesses. Local meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas and Bob Johnson of the MN Insurance Federation present facts and data pertaining to Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Water Resources Center and the Science Museum of Minnesota produced the program. Minnesota has consistently ranked high in states with the most catastrophic weather related losses. Since insurance is a pool of risk for the entire state we are all paying a bit more for the losses across our land due to the changing climate.