Copper-Nickel Mining, Water Quality & Carbon Lead State's Environmental AgendaMajor decisions on copper-nickel mining, water quality and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota's utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota's environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the scenes.
Obama Orders Minnesota To Cut Emissions 41 Percent Minnesota is being asked to cut carbon emissions by roughly 41 percent over the next 15 years as part of a nationwide plan to reduce pollution from power plants. President Barack Obama announced his plan Monday. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions nationwide 30 percent by 2030 — when compared with 2005 levels.