From the Star Tribune:
"'A strong, clear public statement by you against proceeding with construction of Big Stone II could be a turning point for Minnesota,' Hansen wrote. 'It would provide a boost toward a future focused on renewable energies and energy efficiency, and the high-quality jobs that will be associated with that direction.'Listen to a press call with Dr. Hansen.
Hansen said he has also leaned on leaders in other countries and states to halt new coal plants. Phasing out coal-based power, he wrote, 'is 80 percent of the solution to the global warming crisis.' More than 100 coal-fired plants are under consideration around the U.S. In a March report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said CO2 emissions from electric power plants increased 11 percent since 1997 and that those plants "are making an already dire situation worse."