Friday, April 15, 2011

Minnesota Senate lifts curbs on new coal-fired power plants -
Stressing a future need for reliable, affordable power, the Minnesota Senate voted Thursday to lift 4-year-old restrictions on new coal-fired power plants.
When the act was approved and signed by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, it was hailed as a path to cleaner, homegrown energy generation. But the chief sponsor of the Senate bill, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said provisions dealing with carbon-dioxide emission limits on plants such as coal have become obstacles to economic growth.

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