President asks to clean up air

AUSTIN, Minn. – The president has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but Minnesota is being asked to do a little more.

The president’s new plan is asking the state to cut their emissions coming from power plants by 41 percent.

“Carbon pollution has many negative health effects. One in ten children born in Minnesota have higher mercury levels. Half of the mercury in our waters, in our lakes and streams, is caused by coal plants,” said Jim Stiles, member of the Austin chapter of the Izaac Walton League of America.

Environmental groups are saying that the right steps are being taken across the state.

“Minnesota’s been a leader in clean energy and we’ve seen it here in the southern part of the state, as they have in northern Iowa too, wind energy is working, renewable energy is working,” Stiles said.

Some states will be allowed to emit more pollutants than others, but the overall national goal is a reduction of 30 percent.

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