South Dakota suffers the highest breast cancer rates in America due in large part to emissions from coal-fired electricity generating plants in Montana and Wyoming.
The Big Stone Power Plant in northeastern South Dakota spewed tons of mercury and other pollutants into the headwaters of the Minnesota River until an upgrade in 2016. Owned by Otter Tail Power, Montana-Dakota Utilities and NorthWestern Energy this monster burns 3,500 tons of subbituminous coal every hour so those companies spend millions every year greasing politicians and poisoning waterways.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday, alleging they deceived and defrauded Minnesotans about climate change. A number of local and national climate change groups applauded Ellison’s lawsuit, including the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Center for Climate Integrity, Fresh Energy, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. [Pioneer Press]The average cost of a household photovoltaic system is about $3/watt or around $12,810 before tax credits are factored in and leaving the grid has never been easier so anyone who can afford to it should do it now and with Trump still in the White House it's never been more urgent.
AG Ellison should pull no punches then sue the shit out of the owners of the Big Stone Power Plant and South Dakota's dairies, too while the iron is hot.
In February of the 2018, hazardous air pollutants from Colstrip Power Plant were right at the legal limit. https://t.co/Y3hXqnejX1— Billings Gazette (@billingsgazette) June 27, 2020