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Minnesota Governor Walz can and should take executive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using his existing legal authority. Under current laws, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency can create rules to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Minnesota has declared that “We Are Still In” to meet our obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement and has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to climate leadership. Unfortunately, Minnesota is not living up to our commitments, and we lag behind the goals we’ve set for ourselves of reducing greenhouse gas pollution 15% by 2015, and 30% by 2025.

Other states that are part of the U.S. Climate Alliance have taken similar executive actions to limit greenhouse gas pollution. Recently, Governors in Virginia and Colorado have used their authority to reduce climate impacts from transportation, utilities, and other sources of greenhouse gas pollution. Minnesota Governor Walz should reaffirm Minnesota’s leadership and follow suit.

Eleven Minnesota students are leading the effort to secure executive action on climate. Learn more about them by clicking here.