Climate Change

Currie SolarThe science is clear. Climate change is real, we are responsible, and it is a threat. The past decade was the warmest on record, 2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental United States, and 2010 tied 2005 as the hottest year globally since recordkeeping began in 1880. In the U.S., transportation (primarily personal vehicle use) and coal-burning power plants are the largest producers of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that contributes most to climate change. In Minneapolis, the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions are energy use in buildings, and the transportation system.


  1. Reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2015, and 30 percent by 2025 using 2006 as a baseline.
  2. Reduce municipal operations greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 percent annually.

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Last updated Apr 16, 2013