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Minnesota is Among Tops in Nation for Wind Power

PHOTO: Minnesota ranks 6th in the nation in terms of wind energy, and the Midwest as a whole is among the top regions for wind power production. CREDIT: Michael Hicks
PHOTO: Minnesota ranks 6th in the nation in terms of wind energy, and the Midwest as a whole is among the top regions for wind power production. CREDIT: Michael Hicks
April 22, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota may never be a hotbed of solar power, but this 43rd annual Earth Day is a reminder that the state is among the tops in the nation when it comes to wind energy. In fact, the entire region does pretty well, according to Howard Learner, president of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

"If you had said to people 20 years ago, 'Here's how much wind power will be up and running in the Midwest. There'll be about 10,000 megawatts of power. Iowa will be number two in the country, Illinois number five, Minnesota number six.' Those people would have looked at you and said, 'Well, that's a little out there,'" as Learner put it.

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, and in Lerner's opinion, the focus should be on the energy and transportation sectors, which account for about 70 percent of pollution.

"We can develop new technologies - whether it's more efficient cars, trucks, buses, trains - or more efficient appliances, and wind power and solar power that keeps working even better," he declared. "And that can help us, combined with smart policy, to reduce the pollution."

He said also that the claim that clean energy investments are "job killers" is a myth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 3 million Americans hold so-called green jobs.

More information is at EarthDay.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN