The global climate crisis is here. Its damaging effects are now visible and impossible to ignore. We, as concerned Minnesotans must act in a responsible and intelligent manner to combat this fossil fuel powered assault on our environment. We can take action now by targeting one of Minnesota's largest CO2 emitters, coal fired power plants.
Otter Tail Power company owns and operates one of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in western Minnesota, The Hoot Lake plant. Hoot Lake was built over 50 years ago and uses outdated, highly inefficient technology. Hoot lake is located outside of Fergus Falls Minnesota.
Minnesota's coal plants are aging fast, and as they do many are coming up for licensing renewal by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Otter Tail Power recently responded to a request from the PUC. Otter Tail asked the PUC for a renewal on their licence to burn dirty coal. Its now within the hands of the PUC to decide if the Hoot Lake plant gets an extension on their licence.
We want a clean energy future for Minnesota. Its time to phase out dirty coal and replace it with clean energy like wind and solar that will power our future and create and sustain good paying jobs in our communities.