Fresh Energy's Global Warming Action, May 2014
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Here's a link to a webinar next Wednesday at 1 pm CDT with Fresh Energy's
J. Drake Hamilton. It's free, but registration is required.

Scott Jackson
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From: Wanda Ballentine <wsb70 [at]>
Date: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM
Subject: Fresh Energy's Global Warming Action, May 2014

 *Fresh* Energy
Global Warming Action
May 2014

National Climate Assessment highlights Minnesota's need to reduce
risks The third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, offers
the fullest accounting yet of the costly impacts Americans face from
climate change. The report found that in every region of the United
States, including Minnesota, Americans are experiencing the impacts in
their own backyards. *Listen to J. Drake Hamilton's interview on
MPR's All Things Considered:

One major climate impact in Minnesota is increasing expensive weather.
The map at
shows changes from 1958-2012 in the amount of
precipitation falling as very heavy events. Unfortunately, as economic
costs from heavy downpours are increasing, in many cities our
infrastructure (roads, bridges, stormwater) is designed as if our
climate were that of the 1950s.

 For more great graphics and additional info visit *

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers *The
Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board has found that the
accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national
security and acts as a catalyst for global conflict. Climate change-induced
drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and
water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent
clashes. Increased catastrophic weather events around the world will lead
to more demand for American troops, even while floods and other extreme
weather events at home may be damaging their naval ports and bases. Rear
Admiral David Titley, a co-author of the report and a meteorologist, said
“the ice doesn’t care about politics or who’s caucusing with whom, or
Democrats or Republicans.”

Read the report:

*Costs of MN Homeowners Insurance Spiking Due to Severe Weather *Bob
Johnson, president of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, is seeing
the impacts of climate volatility in the rates we pay for homeowners
insurance. Minnesota’s extreme summer floods and hailstorms in 2013
wreaked $942 million in damage, one of the three costliest states in
the nation. According to Johnson, spikes in extreme weather “means
that Minnesota insurance consumers will continue to experience
double-digit premium increases due to severe weather claims,
continuing the decade-long trend.”

*Fresh Energy Webinar: Minnesota’s historic opportunities to reduce
carbon pollution *Next week, join science policy director J. Drake
Hamilton on Wednesday, May 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CT as she discusses
landmark opportunities for carbon reduction in Minnesota’s
electricity sector. You’ll learn about first-ever standards for
carbon pollution from power plants, which will be issued in June. Also
teed up this year: vital updates to the real health and environmental
costs of carbon pollution, and requirements that Xcel Energy analyze
replacing two of its biggest coal plants with clean energy. Hope you
can join us!

*Wednesday, May 21st 1:00-2:00 PM CT Free, but required registration: *

*Your Gift- Doubled this Spring *Donate to Fresh Energy and help us replace
Minnesota’s dirtiest, least economic coal-burning power plants. You can
support Fresh Energy’s work to replace coal-burning power plants by making
a donation today.
*If you do, 100 percent of your donation will be matched by the Energy
Foundation. *Donate here:  *

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