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Polar explorer Steger to speak on clean energy, climate

Posted: November 2, 2012 - 8:13pm
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BAXTER — Polar explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton present, “Clean Energy, Climate, and Clean Energy,” at a free public forum at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter.

Steger, described as Minnesota’s own eyewitness to climate change, and J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, will present photography from Steger’s polar expeditions and lead discussion about how citizens’ voices can be heard on clean energy and clean air policies that benefit our economy.

Also speaking will be Pastor Erika Nilsen of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. The church is located at 6190 Fairview Road. More information may be obtained at www.fresh-energy.org. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Will Steger Foundation and Fresh Energy.

Topics include:

• Minnesota ranks fourth in the nation in the amount of wind power in our electricity mix. How does Minnesota’s leadership pave the way for future job-creating opportunities in wind and solar power?

• For every dollar Minnesota utilities invest in energy savings, their customers save over five dollars on their energy bills. Can we be even more energy efficient?

• Minnesota has cut mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants by 90 percent. Learn how our state led the way for national action to protect kids’ health at low cost.

• How will Minnesota meet our science-based goals to reduce the carbon pollution causing global warming?