Politics and Legislation


White House Infrastructure School

From The Climate Reality Project:


Last month, the White House released a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook to provide information so you know what to apply for, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild. This guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law, as well as an explanatory document that shows direct federal spending at the program level. We will continue to update this resource online at Build.gov. Our goal is for you—communities all across America—to take full advantage of the opportunity this new funding presents.


For further information, navigate to the main infrastructure website. It offers resources to understand the investments of BIF, as well as information on how to apply for a grant in your community.


What Happened at COP 26?

J and Eric discuss their experiences at COP26 in Glasgow, from meetings with political leaders, including:

  • Discussions with key climate leaders (including U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry)

  • Updates on policy decisions agreed to by all delegations

  • Opportunities at the global level for further cooperation on reducing carbon emissions

  • A sample of a performance by Eric Meyer with New York-based rap artist and science communicator Baba Brinkman. Check it out at the 33:40 mark.

Q&A begins at 45:35.

Click HERE to view Rick's slide presentation on the MN Clean Cars Rule.   

To learn more about Fresh Energy, visit:      https://fresh-energy.org/  

Minnesota Climate Policy Acceleration

This is a Zoom recording of our chapter meeting on February 10, 2021.  The featured speaker was J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy.  The presentation focused on 3 areas:


  • 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2040 for Minnesota

  • The State-Level Climate Initiatives the Biden Administration needs to bring to the Paris Agreement

  • The Big Climate Policy that Became Law Under then-President Trump (which immediately swells our Paris Agreement ambition)


J’s talk was followed by Rick Michel’s presentation on the MPCA’s proposed Minnesota Clean Cars rule, then chapter business, followed by further discussion at the end.

Minnesota Climate "Report Card"

This presentation was extracted from a Zoom recording of our chapter meeting on June 9, 2021.  Our guest speaker, Ellen Anderson updated us on the status of our state’s climate initiatives.


Ellen currently serves as the Climate Program Director for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA).  Prior to joining MCEA she has held a variety of positions.  She served in the Minnesota State Senate for 18 years, clerked for the MN Court of Appeals, was a Hennepin County Public Defender, served as Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Energy/Environmental Advisor to Governor Dayton, and led the Energy Transition Lab at the University of MN.


Ellen grew up in New Jersey, came to Minnesota for college and never left. Graduated from Carleton College, and UMN Law School cum laude.


Ellen discussed Minnesota’s climate targets in different sectors of the economy, and what we can do about failing grades.

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy uses law and science to protect Minnesota’s environment, its natural resources, and the health of its people.  To learn more, visit:  https://www.mncenter.org/